As a hockey player, I understand how fast-paced the sport is and how important communication is to success. Traditionally, setting up hockey plays relies on verbal communication. Hockey plays are set up by yelling real-time prompts to teammates, so everyone knows what to do and where to be. It is easier to pass the puck if you can hear your teammates voice or the sound of an opponent behind you. Hockey players also need to be able to hear the whistle. Hockey is very fluid, unlike baseball where players have set positions and locations. Baseball players, especially pitchers and catchers, communicate with signs and signals. Hockey players can't use hand signs because of the big and restrictive gloves they wear. Simply put, hard of hearing hockey players must make a lot of adjustments in life!
The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) has made a dramatic impact on the game of hockey and the lives of hard of hearing hockey players. This organization’s impact extends beyond breaking barriers only on the ice. AHIHA allows hockey players with hearing disabilities to play the game they love, while also improving their self-confidence in school, work, and other social settings.
(Source: American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association)
"For more than 45 years, the AHIHA – Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been helping hockey players achieve their goals, both on and off the ice. World class coaching, extensive support systems and ongoing mentoring help our athletes to build the self-confidence and life skills needed to be successful on the ice and achieve their goals beyond hockey." (Source: www.ahiha.org)
American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association:
Slashing the Sound Barrier