Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey is for the individual who has been diagnosed with a hearing loss. The game is played according to USA Hockey rules and instruction is based on the individual players ability to improve their skills in an environment that is receptive to their needs and demands. The ability to communicate with coaches and other players regardless of their method of communication is a huge focus. Whether a player utilizes sign language, lip reading, hearing aids, or cochlear implants, etc. interpreters are there to make sure they understand the instruction. Players receive instruction from a coaching staff with college, national and international experience.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey players participate in their local hockey associations and on high school, college and jr. teams. Many have also gone on to play for the US Deaf Ice Hockey Team in the Deaflympics. Participation allows players the opportunity to achieve goals and become successful in both life and hockey.
The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, in association with USA Hockey and the Amherst Youth Hockey Association, is proud to announce that they will be hosting the 2017 World Deaf Hockey Championships at the NorthTown Center in Amherst, New York on April 19 to April 29, 2017. USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, and Kazakhstan will compete to be crowned champion. Visit the official website by clicking here.
In addition, for the first time, there will be a girls/woman's team participating in the World Deaf Hockey Championship games. The U.S. Women's Deaf Ice Hockey Team will take on Canada in a two game series April 22-23, 2017. Both games will be at noon.