The sport for the modern day gladiator

The sport for the modern day gladiator

Published: May 7, 2020 | Updated: May 27th, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Dave Cloutier has never been one to wallow in pity. Years ago, Cloutier decided to stop and help a broken down car on the side of the road. While assisting the driver, another vehicle crashed into them, pinning Cloutier between the two cars, resulting in the loss of one of his legs and limited mobility in the other. While Cloutier was recovering from his injuries in his hospital bed, he told himself one thing: this would not break him. As a child, Cloutier had dreams of playing hockey. Even though the circumstances are not the same, he is grateful that he was fortunate enough to get involved in sled hockey. “There are people that belong on the ice, and there are people that don’t, and you have to be honest about what you are,” Cloutier said. “I think for me, I recognize myself as a person who belongs on the ice.”

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is a student in the 2020 Military Motion Media Program and a contributor to thenewshouse.

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is a 2020 graduate of the Military Visual Journalism program at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and currently assigned to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) homeported in Norfolk, Va.