A Hockey School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

The Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing got its start nearly 50 years ago in 1973.

image from CBS-2 video


The camp was the idea of Chicago businessman Irv Tiahnybik, whose son Lex was discriminated against because he was deaf. Named after Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita, the school has been a place for young players who were deaf or hard of hearing to learn the game. Located just outside of Chicago, school president Kevin Delaney says:

"It's more than hockey. It's the family atmosphere, it's the friends – the lifelong friends that you have while you're here. We have two coaches here now that were original players."

Read more about how it all started here and watch the CBS-2 video report below: