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08-14-2012, 03:11 PM
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Do you know any DEAF hockey players?

It can be someone who wears a hearing aid, a cochlear implant or even comes from a Deaf family. If anybody could share some information that would be awesome. I'm trying to find more Deaf hockey players from Ontario and I would like to direct them to www.OntarioDeafHockey.com

have you ever met a Deaf hockey player and how good was he?

Do you know him personally and does he play with other Deaf people?

Would he be interested in playing on a Deaf hockey team?

Potential level of success, at the highest level is a Canadian Deaflympic Gold medal. The World Championships of Deaf hockey happens every 4 years, right in between the Deaflympics, and every 2 years in between each alternating event is the Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Championships, of which Ontario has won 4 straight Gold medals and comprises the most of the Canadian rosters.

I've won 2 CDIHC gold medals when I was younger but I haven't played hockey much lately, I'm trying to get back into it and help recruit more deaf talent out there! If you know of any deaf hockey players, please let me know about them and let me know what level they play.

It doesn't matter if they're a kid or an adult, we are developing divisions for each of them.

Let me know please, pm me or post it, doesn't matter.

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08-14-2012, 03:16 PM
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The world championship Canadian team tryouts is this Friday to Sunday at Maple Leaf Gardens. check it out if you wanna see what high level deaf hockey has to offer.

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Jim Kyte, partially deaf

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I used to skate at pickup sessions with a beer league team in the summer and there was a deaf guy. He wasn't very good, he played for a beginner level beer league team in the UK.

Someone said he apparently could have an operation to make him not deaf anymore, but it would mean he's not allowed to play hockey again, but I'm not sure about the accuracy of that.

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Jim Kyte, partially deaf
Steve Downie is also partially deaf in one ear, no big deal. I'm more of looking for deaf players in the GTA or Ontario in general.

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I used to skate at pickup sessions with a beer league team in the summer and there was a deaf guy. He wasn't very good, he played for a beginner level beer league team in the UK.

Someone said he apparently could have an operation to make him not deaf anymore, but it would mean he's not allowed to play hockey again, but I'm not sure about the accuracy of that.
Yeah, that would be the cochlear implant, an invasive operation putting a microphone inside your ear, and putting magnets under your skin. Im sure it works very well for those who have successfully adapted to the technology, but I will always believe Language is more important than hearing sounds, more specifically, ASL, american sign language, a visual language.

Either way, I hope to find some deaf hockey players on HF, even if by a long shot.

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I played against some deaf kids in st louis in the late 70s and early 80s and I had a deaf team mate who was my center in 83. The one thing i noticed with deaf kids is that they played dirty.

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Sabres drafted Gregg Sutch in 2010 in the fifth round and he is deaf. apperently they declined to sign him though this off season.

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Moe Mantha was deaf in one ear...

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I played against some deaf kids in st louis in the late 70s and early 80s and I had a deaf team mate who was my center in 83. The one thing i noticed with deaf kids is that they played dirty.
that is a common problem I run into too

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Sabres drafted Gregg Sutch in 2010 in the fifth round and he is deaf. apperently they declined to sign him though this off season.
Never heard of him, cool! Where did you find this out?

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After talking with some buddies who work for the Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation, Sutch is going to the Canadian team tryouts this weekend! Ill get to meet him, cool.

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One of the goalies at my learn to play sessions is deaf. He's also involved with a deaf hockey association here in Japan.

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