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Bill Gregory

FAREWELL, BILL

I received the sad news from a colleague of mine: Bill Gregory died in his sleep yesterday in Belleville.   Bill was a terrific athlete in his prime, and one of the all-time best athletes during while he was a student at Gallaudet university.   He also played semi-pro hockey team in Baltimore & Washington, DC. Some of his closest friends stated he was almost as a good as Bobby Orr.   He was the only athlete playing for both Gallaudet deaf hockey team and a pro hockey team at the same time.

Bill also played for the Ontario Deaf Hockey team in 1977 at a tournament held in Edmonton, Alberta and played well, despite teaching full-time.   He played extremely well for us and also played a big part as Chief Scout, selecting players for the Canadian team in 1998 in Ottawa: he selected mostly young deaf players for the team for the 1999 competition in Davos, Switzerland.   Canada won the gold medal and he played a big part of redeveloping the young team, replacing the veterans from 1975.   The average age on the 1999 Canadian team was 18 years.

I last saw Bill in Buffalo, during the World Deaf Hockey Championships: he made a surprise appearance to visit our team along with former member of Canadian team Mark Couture who also attended the games. It was great having the two of them cheering on our 2017 team.

Farewell Bill, we will always think of you and your tremendous enthusiasm for hockey and slo- pitch.

Roy Hysen

 

 

 

 

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