World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships
In addition to the Deaflympics, our more experienced players ages 16 through adult can also compete on the International stage in the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships (WDIHC) which are sanctioned by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD). Players must meet the ICSD and USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) requirement of a 55 DB loss in the better ear to qualify for the US Deaf Ice Hockey team. All participants must be members of USA Hockey and USADSF.
The team representing the United States has won two medals in the WDIHC since 2009, one gold and one bronze medal. The WDIHC take place in different locations throughout the world every four years. Open try-outs are held the summer prior to the scheduled games. Many of the participants in AHIHA’s program strive to be a member of this team. It’s a great opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing hockey players to represent their country.
Below are the rosters for the US teams participating in the WDIHC with the location and the medal placement of the teams.
NOTE: The 2021 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship has been postponed until 2025.
Amherst, New York – Gold Medal
ORICCHIO T. J.
Vantaa, Finland – Did not Medal
Winnipeg, Canada – Bronze Medal
CRANE III Jameson
GATES Miles C.
HYDE Douglas J.
VAN VLYMEN Brian