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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: https://usdeafsports.org/news/in-memoriam-jeff-sauer/

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.

Read more: http://www.tsn.ca/dreger-report-the-relentless-drive-of-casey-o-brien-1.635471

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.”

Read more: http://www.bnd.com/latest-news/article88634237.html

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.

Read more: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/vancouver-canucks-mackenze-stewart-born-deaf-but-thriving-091615

Source: Fox Sports

Oricchio takes whirlwind hockey journey

By Ricky St. Clair

TJ Oricchio’s plane touched down in Khanty-Mansiysk, an oil-producing town on the eastern bank of the Irtysh River in Russia.

His United States men’s hockey team, governed by the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, had arrived for the 18th Winter Deaflympics.

Read more: http://www.pressrepublican.com/sports/adult_youth_sports/oricchio-takes-whirlwind-hockey-journey/article_0c18ee25-ee84-57a8-b5c5-e0f180baae28.html

Source: Press Republican

Shelton’s Gintoli brothers more than just hockey players

By Noah Finz

(WTNH)–While NHL teams were battling in the Stanley Cup playoffs, a couple of local hockey standouts were playing for their country.

Shelton’s Peter and Garrett Gintoli are members of Team USA, and last month they won bronze medals at the Deaflympics. Teams of hearing impaired atheltes competed in Russia.

Read more & view video: http://sportzedge.com/2015/06/22/sheltons-gintoli-brothers-bring-home-medals-from-deaflympics/

Source: SportzEdge.com

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