As you know by now, May is Deaf and Hearing Awareness Month and here’s a story of a famous athlete who is deaf.
Jim Kyte was a deaf NHL player in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He was famous because he was the only player in National Hockey League history to be legally deaf. He wore special hearing aids and a customized helmet with special flaps covering his ears to protect the hearing aids during games. He later opened his own summer hockey school for deaf and hard of hearing kids in Toronto, and it is still open today. In 598 NHL games, Jim only scored 66 points but don’t forget, he was a defenseman.. He learned sign language even though it wasn’t necessary for him to communicate. Jim Kyte was twice nominated for the Masterton Trophy for dedication to the game of hockey. He should have won it!
Just a reminder that Swag Hands will meet again next Tuesday after school!