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In memoriam: Stan Mikita

2018 Stan Mikita

The Board of USA Deaf Sports Federation is deeply saddened by the news of Stan Mikita who died peacefully on August 7, 2018, at 78 years old. Stan Mikita, with the late Irv Tiahnybik, founded the America Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) and the Stan Mikita Hockey School in 1973. A Chicago Blackhawks icon, Hall of Famer, and a wonderful family man, Stan was a huge supporter for deaf and hard of hearing ice hockey players. Because of AHIHA, over 500 deaf and hard of hearing ice hockey players got the opportunity to attend a hockey camp with players like themselves, participate in international competitions, and reassure themselves as proud and capable deaf and hard of hearing individuals. USADSF board member Jeff Mansfield and executive director Jim Crane were fortunate enough to experience his larger-than-life influence and will always be thankful for his presence and leadership at AHIHA.

USADSF extends our deepest sympathies to Stan Mikita’s family, AHIHA, the Chicago Blackhawks, and all who knew him. Stan will be sorely missed but forever remembered for all of his tireless efforts in establishing one of the most successful sporting camps for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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Photo courtesy of USA Deaf Sports Federation.

Hockey mom’s deafness pushed her boys to be better

By Evan Radford

2018 Kim White
The Wiesblatts pose for a photo on the backyard deck of a friend's home in Calgary on July 18. They include siblings Orca, Ozzy (standing from left), Oceania, Ocean, Oasiz and their mother, Kim White.

CALGARY—While most young hockey players might expect a stern scolding from their parents after a game for taking a penalty, the Wiesblatt boys usually get it from their mother the moment they step in the box — even if she’s 200 feet away.

Their mom, Kim White, uses American Sign Language.

She has been deaf since birth; she’s always used ASL to communicate with her four boys and one daughter.

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Source: The Star Calgary

Photo credit - Evan Radford/StarMetro Calgary

AHIHA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hockey School Celebrates 45th Anniversary

USA Deaf HockeyBENSENVILLE, Ill., May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Founded in 1973 by National Hockey League Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita, and Chicago businessman Irv Tiahnybik, the AHIHA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hockey School is hosting its 45th annual week-long hockey school for deaf and hard of hearing athletes on June 9-16, 2018 at the Edge Ice Arena, 735 E. Jefferson St., Bensenville, IL.

The AHIHA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hockey School is one of the most unique training and development camps employing active on ice instruction to develop hockey skills of deaf and hard of hearing players through use of innovative communication techniques and on-ice interpreters. This progressive approach enables players who are either lip readers or signers (use sign language) to fully engage with coaches and other players during practices and games. A secondary — but no less important — goal of the School is to provide an opportunity for players to develop confidence to tackle longer term life goals.

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Source: PR Newswire

Born deaf, Bruce Audette travels to Chicago for Hearing Impaired Festival :12-year-old hockey player competes in elite tournament

By Jamie Pote

2018 Bruce Audette
Wilmington resident Bruce Audette, pictured third row, second from left, participated in the 14th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival held in Chicago recently. (courtesy photo).

CHICAGO, IL/WILMINGTON – Back on April 4th, Wilmington resident Bruce Audette received a birthday present that he will likely never forget.

It was on that memorable day that Bruce turned 12 and along with his mother, Brooke Green, and father, Scott Audette, climbed into their vehicle and made the 16-hour trek from Wilmington to West Dundee, Illinois. Once there, the youngster participated in a three-day hockey tournament staged at the Leafs Ice Center. This was no ordinary tournament but rather, the 14th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival which is a fun-filled event assembled for players of all ages who deal with disabilities ranging from blindness, hearing impairment, or autism. There is also time set aside for disabled Veterans known as Warriors Hockey.

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Source: Tewksbury Town Crier

Photo credit - Tewksbury Town Crier

Hearing impaired forward from Baie Verte playing hockey for central at Winter Games

By Corey Hurley

2018 Noah Walsh
Noah Walsh of Baie Verte, who was born profoundly deaf, will lace up for Team Central in hockey at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games.

Memories and a medal goals for Noah Walsh

NL — As Team Central Newfoundland begins its quest for a medal at the provincial Winter Games today in Deer Lake, they have a forward taking the ice with an inspirational story.

Noah Walsh of Baie Verte was born profoundly deaf, but does not let his hearing ailment hold him back on the ice — or in life.

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Source: The Aurora

Photo credit - The Aurora

Kyte family to compete in Canada Deaf Games

By Richard MacKenzie

2018 Canadian Deaf GamesIt will be a reunion, of sorts, for the Kyte family. And it will involve, appropriately enough, the sport of hockey; and will take place, again appropriately, in Winnipeg.

Members of the family, including St. F.X. students Thomas, Emma, Abi and Sean, are gearing up for the Canada Deaf Games, beginning Wednesday in the Manitoba capital.

The foursome will be part of Team Kyte at the event which includes their uncle Jim who played 13 seasons in the NHL, including seven with the Winnipeg Jets (1982-89).

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Source: Herald Sports

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