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Bill Gregory


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






Women’s Hockey Team


Shane Chabassol    Head Coach                                Nova Scotia
Jeff Gree                    “assistant coach” from            Nova Scotia
Terry Bagnato        “equipment staff”                      Meadowvale, Ontario


Alysssa Godin         Hamilton, Ontario
Jamie Routledge   Winnipeg, Manitoba


Dallas Boyd                       Hamilton, Ontario
Danielle Thomson         Kenora, Ontario
Emma Kyte                        Carp, Ontario
Chantal Guevremont   Sorel, Quebec


Kristy Ann Nicholson   Toronto, Ontario
Brittany Mallach              Milton, Ontario
Sarah Diguiuseppe         Thornhill, Ontario
Abigayle Kyte                    Carp, Ontario
Kirsten Miller                    Oakville, Ontario
Sophie Gagnon                 Saguenay, Quebec
Hilary Martin                    St.John, NFLD
Alexandra Hickox          Toronto, Ontario


Special Tribute Jeff Sauer

Written by Roy Hysen:

When I received the sad news from Chris Bradley, the ICSD ice hockey director, it took me a while to compose myself. I remember approximately 35 years ago when Irv Tiahnybik, and Stan Mikita, a former Chicago Black Hawks great and founder of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) invited me to their annual hockey camp in Glendale, Illinois.   Irv’s son Lex was deaf, and was playing as a goaltender for the USA Deaflympic Hockey team.   Jeff came up to me and welcomed me warmly, shaking my hand.    Irv had recruited several outstanding coaching staff:  some from the NCAA, American Hockey Leagues and the NHL.  Jim Kyte was also invited along with me.    It was Irv, Cheryl Hager, and Jeff, who helped us to establish a hockey program here in Canada similar to the AHIHA.

During my visit to Illinois, Jeff explained that my role was to work with the young goaltenders to develop leadership both on and off the ice.  I was treated extremely well by the staff.  During a recent exhibition game between the US Deaflympic team and our team in Kitchener, Ontario, it was great to reunite with some of the US staff that I hadn’t seen for 30 years, including Rich Dumas, former coach of USA Team and also a former WHA goaltender with the Chicago Cougars.  I was thrilled to see several members of the AHIHA.  It was wonderful of our head coach Don McKee to invite all the AHIHA staff back to his home after the game.  Jeff and I had a lengthy discussion about the future of International Deaf hockey and also of the competitive spirit between our team and the USA Team.

Jeff Sauer was one of the finest gentlemen in the hockey world. He had over 665 career wins under the NCAA.  In addition, he coached the USA women’s hockey team, as well as the sledge ice hockey team at the Paralympics, and won the gold medal during the 2007 Winter Deaflympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.    We often met after the game.   Not once did he criticize our team or me: “Good game, good team, Roy”.  He asked if our team was going to improve in the future?   I reminded him that I worked and learned from Viktor Tikhonov many years ago in Moscow.   Tikhonov once told me through an interpreter that the team always improves from one area to the next; that there was always room for improvement.  He agreed with me and we wished each other well.  We continued to communicate with each other for many years.

Jeff was a great coach and a better man; he was always friendly to anyone who approached him and often I had met with him during the deaf ice hockey meetings during the Winter Deaflympic games.   The NCAA initiated the introduction of a demo hockey game for deaf women that will be taking place for the first time, April 2017 in Buffalo, NY, during the 3rd World Deaf Hockey Championships.   Jeff played a key role in getting this organized.   Deaf ice hockey team managers, coaches and staff all acknowledged his impressive and extensive hockey experience; nobody challenged him about the IIHF ice hockey regulations and rules.  He was named to the USA Hockey Hall of fame and received numerous additional awards of his outstanding contribution to US Hockey.   He cared so much for his players over the years. His presence will be missed at the upcoming World Deaf Hockey Championships in Buffalo in April.

The Canada Deaf Ice Hockey Federation (CDIHF) board and committee join me in sending our heartfelt condolences to his wife Jamie and family.

Rest in Peace, my friend.

Roy Hysen
General Manager
February 4th 2017


Jeff Sauer U.S. Head Coach

A member of USA Hockey’s International Council and Disabled Hockey Committee, Sauer was president of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association. In addition, he helped select the last six U.S. Deaflympic Ice Hockey Teams while leading the team as head coach in the last four Winter Deaflympics. Most recently, he guided the U.S. Deaflympic squad to a bronze-medal finish at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. He also guided the U.S. Deafympic squad to a gold medal at the 2007 Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Read More -> http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/752954?referrer_id=752796


Women Ice Hockey Players Wanted

APRIL 21-23, 2017
It would be the first World Deaf Demo Game of Deaf Women Ice Hockey in history and the first step of inclusion in future Winter Deaflympics.
It will take place during 3rd World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships from April 19 to 29, 2017. Women will be joining for the weekend only – April 21 to 23.
There will be 1 practice and 2 exhibitions games against Team USA.
    Canadian players from all provinces except Quebec, please contact Terry Maloney to register at: terrymaloney@hotmail.com
    Quebec players, please contact ASSQ Suzanne Laforest to register at: info@assq.org
    More details will follow after registration – Deadline to register is Sunday, January 15th.
    Team will only consist of 16-18 players so register early!

Please see attached image.