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Defense Plays Forward

Jeff Parsons (Forward on the Official Dealympic Team) scored a hat trick as the Regals triumphed over the Capitals 7-5 on Sunday. Parsons opened the scoring, but Regals were down 3-1 at the end of the period.

Powell River Regals split the wins with the North Island Capitals in two games in Port Hardy last weekend.

Jeff Parsons scored a hat trick as the Regals triumphed over the Capitals 7-5 on Sunday. Parsons opened the scoring, but Regals were down 3-1 at the end of the period.

After five second-period goals with only one answering attempt by the Capitals, the Regals took a two-goal lead. Markers came from Joe Calderone, Clayton Whiteway, and Andy Welsh, and Parsons found the pipes twice more.

The third frame held one goal for each team, with Regals’ Chris Tarr ensuring the win.

Jeff Parsons played very well, said Regals’ goalie Chad Vizzutti. “So did Jeff Yarocki, who had three assists.”

Saturday’s game remained scoreless until the second period, when Rick McLaren notched one for the Regals. Capitals later tied it, and in the third scored two more, gaining a two-goal margin. Regals’ Welsh managed one with two and a half minutes remaining, ending in a 3-2 loss for the Regals.

“We only brought two defenceman on the trip because of illness and work commitments,” said Vizzutti. “Rick McLaren had to drop back and play defence. We had three lines for forwards. The defence played very well for only having three players. Obviously they were very tired.”
The Port Hardy games marked the first two this year for Regals’ Jamie Barszczewski. “He played well.”

The Regals next games are in Trail on February 14 and 15.

©The Powell River Peak 2003


Alternative to ref’s whistle works well for deaf

Ranger Matt Grennier recalls how older brother, Bryan, who is 90 per cent deaf, struggled with comprehension.


When Matt Grennier hears the whistle blow, he’s grateful.


The Kitchener Ranger forward, whose older brother Bryan has been more than 90 per cent deaf since birth, knows from watching his sibling that being able to hear is a blessing.

“We take for granted just listening when some people have to actually try to listen,” said Grennier, a 19-year-old centre from Dryden, about four hours west of Thunder Bay.

“(Bryan) grew up doing that a lot.”


Grennier recalls how Bryan — a good lip reader and a strong defenceman who is preparing to represent Canada in ice hockey at the Winter Deaflympic Games Feb. 26-Mar. 9 in Sundsvall, Sweden — struggled in English and French class trying to comprehend his teachers’ instructions.


Since Bryan was oldest, it really wasn’t an issue at home for his younger brothers Blair and Matt, both of whom have full hearing.


“We were used to it,” said Grennier, prior to yesterday’s Ranger practice at the Aud in preparation for tomorrow night’s Ontario Hockey League game in Owen Sound. “When I was born he was already five and into his routine. I just accepted it.”


Outside of the home, Grennier said it wasn’t always easy for his oldest brother, especially on the ice.


“Coming from a small town, he was the only deaf (kid) even close to his age,” Grennier said. “Playing (hockey) with normal kids, it was tough for him. A couple of times he would hit guys after a whistle he didn’t hear.”


Now that Bryan, 23, is playing hockey for the deaf, that’s not an issue. Grennier says deaf hockey’s alternative to the whistle is quite effective.


“They have a little Christmas light thing around the boards,” Grennier explained. “When the ref blows the whistle, the lights light up. So (the players) aren’t running around taking each other’s heads off after the whistle.”


As for the quality of Bryan’s play? Last April, Bryan helped the Western Prairies team beat Ontario 6-2 to win the national deaf ice hockey championship in Winnipeg.


“I always knew my brother was a good player,” said Grennier, who attended the championships after the Rangers lost out to Guelph in the OHL playoffs last year. “It’s good hockey.”


Grennier, who suffered back spasms after falling into the boards in practice last week, missed Friday’s 11-2 win over Erie but hopes to play tomorrow.


From the newsroom of The Record, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Canadian Deaflympic Hockey Team invites Deaf kids to watch team drill

Approximately eigthy Deaf E.D.Drury School for the Deaf kids were invited to watch the team drill on Thursday February 20th at the Teen Ranch.

The children will be skating with the players after the team’s scrimmage/drill. The Canada Deaflympic players will be offered autographs session to the Deaf children and the staff. I believe it is important that the Deaf children will be given the opportunity to see the best Deaf and Hard of Hearing hockey players in Canada who represents us during the 15th Winter Deaflympic Games in Sundsvall, Sweden.


Canadian Hockey Association

I am pleased to announce the great news that our organization Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation has been accepted by the Canadian Hockey Association as an associate/member on January 8th 2003.

It has been a long struggle for me to get their attention, Our special thanks goes to Larry O’Brien who put up large effort getting CHA officials to invite us at the CHA Annual Congress Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba two years ago. In addition, Team captain Mike Merriman deserved another gold medal “off-the-ice” made a “great impassive speech” during the conference meeting.

Please also read the “Good Luck” Messages from the prominent people such as Wayne GretzkyBob Nicholson and more on the way.
Roy Hysen

Letter from Canadian Hockey Association

January 8, 2003

Mr. Roy Hysen
Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation

Dear Roy:

On behalf of the Board Of Directors of the Canadian Hockey Association, I am pleased to advise you that your application to become an Associate Member of the Canadian Hockey Association was approved at its Semi Annual Meeting.

Your status as an associate member commences for the 2003-2004 season and as such we would like to express our congratulations to you and your organization for acceptance in to the CHA family.

Please review the attached excerpts from the CHA By Laws and Regulations to familiarize yourself with the applicable information governing the activities of CHA associate members. If you require additional information please contact David Leger, Manager Regulations and Membership Services in Ottawa at (613) 562-5677 or


Sheldon W. Lanchbery
Chair of the Board
Canadian Hockey Association

Letter from Wayne Gretzky

March 1, 2003

Roy Hysen
General Manager
Canada Deaflympic Hockey Team

Dear Roy:

I want to wish you and your team the best of luck as you head to Sweden for the 15th Winter Deaflympics Games. Canadians are proud and strong people. Each of you should be very proud of all you have accomplished.

On behalf of me and my family, we wish you all the best! Canada is rooting for you!!


Wayne Gretzky

Letter from Canadian Hockey Association

Roy Hysen
General Manager
Canada Deaflympics Hockey Team

To all Members of the Canadian Deaflympics Hockey Team:

On behalf of Canadian Hockey Association, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the best as you prepare to defend your Gold Medal at the 15th Winter Deaflympic Games in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Let the gold medal achievements of our Men’s and Women’s Olympics team Salt Lake City be your inspiration to reach the top as you prepare for this event.

All the best to you all.


Bob Nicholson
Canadian Hockey Association