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Deaf Ice Hockey Championships special for Gintoli family

By Michael Fornabaio

USA Deaf HockeyThey’ve never been linemates on national teams, since they both play center, but at least Shelton’s Peter and Garrett Gintoli have been teammates in some pretty big international tournaments for hearing-impaired hockey players. They were bronze medalists at the 2015 Deaflympics in Russia.

The upcoming World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships will be special for the brothers because of who else will be there: For the first time, there will be a women’s competition, two exhibition games between the national teams of the United States and Canada.

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Source: CTPost

USA to Host the World Deaf Hockey Championships April 19 – 29, 2017

2017 WDIHCUSA Deaf Sports Federation is proud to announce that the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA), in association with USA Hockey and the Amherst Youth Hockey Association, will be hosting the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships at the NorthTown Center in Amherst, New York.

​The event will be on April 19 – 29, 2017 at the:

NorthTown Center at Amherst
1615 Amherst Manor Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221

For the first time there will be Women’s teams participating in the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships. During the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship the US Women’s team will play two exhibition games against the Canadian Women’s team.

More information, including the games schedule, is posted at:

Special participation and volunteers from St. Mary’s School for the Deaf will also be assisting. If you live in or will be visiting north New York State, please attend the games and show your support for Team USA Men and Women!

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation -

In Memoriam: Jeff Sauer

USA Deaf Sports FederationIt is with heavy hearts that the Board of USA Deaf Sports Federation shares the news that the President of the Board of Directors for the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) and Head Coach, Jeff Sauer, passed away on February 2, 2017.

Jeff Sauer has been associated with AHIHA and USADSF since 1980. With his extensive coaching background, he was a key asset in player development, selection and coaching of the Winter Deaflympic Hockey Teams. Under his tutelage, those teams have represented the United States in various world competitions, bringing home 1 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold Medals.

A great loss has been suffered in the world of deaf sports. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and all that knew him.

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation:

Dreger Report: The relentless drive of Casey O'Brien

By Darren Dreger

Fred and John Barrett’s National Hockey League careers have long since passed, but their story and the story of Yorkton Terriers head coach and general manager Casey O’Brien are uniquely connected.

The Barrett brothers grew up on a family farm just south of Ottawa near Leitrim, Ont. Fred, a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars, played 730 NHL games, while John played 488 games with Detroit, Washington, and Minnesota.

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Source: TSN

Lynx goalie makes 2017 USA Deaf Olympic team

BELLEVILLE - Lindenwood University-Belleville women’s ice hockey player, Libbey Breaker, has been named to the 2017 USA Deaf Olympic team.

“Well it took a couple of years to make the women’s deaf hockey team happen, but when I was told it was going to in April of 2017, I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Breaker. “Since I was little I always wanted to put on that USA jersey and represent my country as well as the deaf community.”

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Source: Belleville News-Democrat

Born deaf, Canucks prospect excels in both hockey and music

When Mackenze Stewart was young, there were plenty of people who told him he could not play hockey. The denial was more than just doubt for Stewart's skills; Stewart was born deaf, and he was not allowed to play contact sports until he was 12 years old after spending his childhood undergoing surgeries and doing speech therapy to restore his hearing.

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Source: Fox Sports

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