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Deaflympian hockey players now RIT Tigers

USA Deaf Sports FederationOn Sunday, November 5, 2017, the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) held a matinee between RIT and Niagara University. The Tigers came up on top on account of the “Deaf Connection” as three different deaf players scored all three goals. Tyler DeVore (Boonton Township, New Jersey) opened up the scoring, Sam Holzrichter (Sioux City, Iowa) added another tally, and Derek Struwing (Bartlett, Illinois) scored the game-winning goal. All three were members of the 2015 Bronze-medal Deaflympic team and the 2017 Gold-medal World Championship squad. RIT faces Navy next weekend.

This year’s edition of the Tigers is unique because it features the most Deaflympic players on their roster at one time, with five members from the 2015 Deaflympic team and 2017 World Championship team. They are:

TJ Oricchio (Plattsburgh, NY)
Tyler DeVore (Boonton Township, NJ)
Danny Kurchena (Rutland, VT)
Sam Holzrichter (Sioux City, IA)
Derek Struwing (Bartlett, IL)

USADSF wishes to recognize those players and sends our hearty congratulations to RIT’s Tigers!

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation -

Deaflympian hockey players now RIT Tigers

Teens make hockey history on first women's deaf team

By Marie Wilson

2017 WDIHCAll their teammates also have some degree of hearing loss -- so the condition becomes not an impairment but a unifier.

"You can show you're deaf instead of hiding it," says 13-year-old Maddie of Elgin, a center who scored two goals as the new women's team took on Canada during its first and only games, exhibition contests April 22 and 23 in Amherst, New York.

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Source: Daily Herald

Andersen strikes gold: BHS D-man helps USA win gold at World Deaf Championships

By Austin Monteith

2017 WDIHCNothing gets much bigger in hockey than USA vs. Canada with a gold medal on the line.

Bemidji’s Taylor Andersen found himself in the middle of that rivalry last Saturday, April 29, in the championship game of the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.

Despite a 5-2 loss to Canada earlier in the tournament, a goal by the Lumberjacks defenseman helped lift the U.S. to its first gold medal in the WDIHC with a 6-3 victory over Canada.

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Source: The Bemidji Pioneer

Ipswich’s Karpa plays for Team USA at World Deaf Hockey Championships

By Joshua Boyd

2017 WDIHCMcKinley Karpa loves the feeling of rushing up the ice and either sending a pass to a teammate or receiving a pass and seeing the puck go into a hockey net.

Add to that wearing a USA Hockey national team jersey when you’re doing this, and it’s an experience almost too unbeatable to fathom for the Ipswich High School senior.

Karpa was named as a member of the inaugural USA National Deaf Women’s Hockey Team, which competed in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 23-24.

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Source: North of Boston

USA wins World Deaf Hockey Championship

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2017 WDIHCGold Medal - USA 6 Canada 3

Newspaper story - U.S. tops Canada to win World Deaf Hockey

The Gold Medal Game of the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship featured the United States vs. Canada. The United States defeated Canada 6-3 to win the gold medal. Players of the game were #11 Garrett Gintoli and #11 Jason Veilleux from Canada. (Box Score)

Bronze Medal - Finland 12 Kazakhstan 2

The Bronze Medal Game of the 2017 WDIHC matched Kazakhstan against Finland. Finland won 12-2 to take the Bronze medal. Players of the game were #7 from Alexey Plotnikov from Kazakhstan and #18 Christer Fagerstrom from Finland. (Box Score)

Reprinted from 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship -

Wins by Canada & USA sets up Gold medal showdown

Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 WDIHCCanada 4 Finland 1

The 12th game of the 2017 WDIHC matched Canada vs. Finland. Canada won 4 to 1. Players of the game were #1 Pauli Kitula for Finland and #18 Chris Garbacz from Canada. (Box Score)

USA 32 Kazakhstan 0

Game #11 of the 2017 WDIHC had Kazakhstan against the United States. United States won 32-0. Players of the game were #22 Scott Humes from the United States and #17 Aidyn Adamov from Kazakhstan. (Box Score)

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