American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association Hosts Another Successful Camp

By Teresa Burgin

AHIHAThe American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA), established in 1973 by Chicago businessman, Irv Tiahnybik, in cooperation with former Chicago Blackhawk Stan Mikita, has contributed to the growth and development of deaf and hard of hearing players from all across the country.  Each year, hockey players from across the country gather in Chicago for a week-long camp at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena where they learn about and improve their hockey skills. The skaters and goalies are coached by a staff with college, national and international experience. In addition, they participate in off-ice training as well as social events throughout the week.

The 2016 AHIHA camp included 57 skaters and their families who traveled to Chicago from Maine to Alaska. The players ranged in age from 6 to 28 years old. This year, 17 skaters were from Illinois including 2015 Deaf Olympians Max Finley and Derek Struwing. Among the highlights of the week were the presentation of the Jackie Marcus Memorial Award to Emilie Lindgren. The Jackie Marcus Memorial Award recognizes the female player who exhibits a great love for the sport of hockey and has a willingness to step-up when the need arises.


2016 Illinois AHIHA Participants

-Tyler Balcerak, Elgin

-Daniel Burke, Oak Brook

-Max Finley, Peoria

-Madison Gagliano, Elgin

-Hannah Garcia, Naperville

-Adam Gerlach, Montgomery

-Caleb Hoffman, Belvidere

-Ryne Krueger, Barrington

-Anders Lindgren, St. Anne

-Emilie Lindgren, St. Anne

-Xander Peavy, Rockford

-Noah Powell, Northbrook

-Jack Robbins, Yorkville

-Eli Rollins, Northbook

-Derek Struwing, Bartlett

-Gunnar Swift, Elmhurst

-Joe Yeh, Arlington Heights


In August, a number of Varsity squad players from Illinois will be traveling to Amherst, NY to try out for the Deaf World Championship team which is comprised primarily of AHIHA players. The World Championships will be held in April 2017 in Buffalo, NY.

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