Deaf Hockey Player

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Defying the odds of the world despite being deaf
In the American society, we tend to perceive hearing impairment or deafness as a disability, which in truth isn’t really a disability at all. Instead many prefer to look at as a culture. Canada has mostly been recognized throughout the world as having the greatest hockey players. After doing research, I realized there has been one legally deaf player who played National Hockey League. Jim Kyte became the first noted and legally to date deaf NHL player. All sports entertain us in part because of the thrill and unpredictability watching the greatness of athletes dominate. My interest came across hockey player Jim, as I learned he was deaf playing in a sport with incredible high speeds along with the occasional two player fight resulting in an all-out-brawl in the middle in the rink. Kyte was renowned for his strong competiveness and strong physical ability to play defense.
Jim was born full-hearing and not deaf, but rather later years at the tender age of three. When doctors discovered, he had been born with a hereditary hearing aliment that was caused by a degeneration of the audio nerve. Jim Kyte is legendary for having a 6’5 body frame broke out into the scene of his professional hockey career in 1982 drafted 12th overall by the Winnipeg jets. As being the first deaf NHL player, he was also the first player to wear hearing aids while playing. To protect his hearing aids, Jim wore a special customized helmet that had flaps covering the center of his ears. He played 13 seasons in the NHL; until an auto accident in 1997 causing severe post-concussion syndrome resulting retirement in the summer of 1998. His father, John Kyte was his biggest motivator by saying, “It may be a handicap, but it’s not a disability.” By the supportive words made by his dad regarding his handicap enabled, Jim to conquer and fulfill his dream…...

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