2017 USA Women’s National Deaf Ice Hockey Team Announced; Includes Sabre Girls’ Hannah Garcia

Chicago, IL – The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) has released the 17 woman roster that will compete in the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships to be held in April of 2017 in Amherst, New York. The roster includes Illinois’ Hannah Garcia (Sabre Girls 19U) of Naperville and Madison Gagliano (Chicago Mission 14U) of Elgin. The U.S. National Women’s Deaf Ice Hockey Team also includes 4 Team Staff members from Illinois: Assistant Coach, Susie Spector (Buffalo Grove), Medical Trainer, Jenny Janczak (Schaumburg), Team Physician, James Leonard, MD (Western Springs), and Team Manager, Cheryl Hager (Oak Lawn).

The 2017 U.S. National Women’s Deaf Ice Hockey team was chosen from players who attended the AHIHA tryout this March in Minneapolis, MN. The team has a geographically diverse roster with players from 10 different states.

Click HERE to view roster.

Head Coach Jackie MacMillan said “I am extremely honored to be a part of the first USA Women’s National Deaf Ice Hockey Team. AHIHA and Coach Jeff Sauer have been instrumental in providing a great opportunity for these talented athletes and it continues to show the positive impact Ice Hockey continues to have for everybody involved in the sport. I know that these young women take great pride in the opportunity to participate during the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in April and we are looking forward to our series against Team Canada. I hope that both of our programs will ignite the growth of Women’s Deaf Hockey across the world and I look forward to taking part in this exciting event.”

The World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships will take place in Amherst, New York, April 19th – April 29th, 2017. The USA Women’s Team will play the Canadian Women’s team on April 22nd and April 23rd. Men’s teams will play April 22 – April 29th.

The teams operate under the guidelines of the USA Deaf Sports Federation. To qualify for the games, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 dB in their “better ear”. Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not allowed to be used in competition, to place all athletes on the same level.

Funding for athletes is provided by the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association through private donations and support from the USA Hockey Foundation. Donations to help cover player expenses can be sent to the address below.

About the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA)
AHIHA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is one of the leading sports organizations in the US serving deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Founded in 1973 be National Hockey League Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita and Chicago businessman Irv Tiahnybik. In 2009, Tony Granato, former NHL player and now the head coach of the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team, continued the leadership role started by Mikita and Tiahnybik. Long time AHIHA President and Head Coach Jeff Sauer, who recently passed away in February, was integral to the growth of the organization. To learn more about AHIHA, please visit http://www.ahiha.org or contact:

General Information about AHIHA:

Karen Wonoski – call: 978-922-0955; email: kkmm2won@aol.com

For information on the USA Deaf Sports Federation:
http://www.usdeafsports.org

For information about the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships:
http://www.2017WDIHC.com email: ahiha2@aol.com

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