The Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation (CDIHF) is now recruiting competitive male hockey players with hearing loss of above 55 decibels all over Canada to represent Canada during the Deaflympics in Utah, 2007, playing against other countries such as U.S. and Russia. The CDIHF is a non-profit charitable organization formed to promote, administer and operate hockey teams comprised of Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing players to represent Canada during the Winter Deaflympic Games and World Deaf Hockey Championship.
Canada Deaflympic Hockey Team won the gold medal in 1999 and 2003. Overall the Canada Deaflympic Hockey team collected 3 golds, 3 silvers and two bronzes in 9 International Hockey events.
The Hockey Canada and the Canadian Deaf Sports Association (CDSA) recognize the CDIHF as a spokes model for the hockey players with hearing loss and as the organizing body for the National Program, Winter Deaflympic games and International games.
How you could get on the Canada Team
On May 4-6, 2006, the Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation (CDIHF) will be hosting the 6th Roy Hysen Cup Hockey Championships in Calgary, Alberta. This tournament attracts hockey players with hearing loss from all across Canada. There will be at least four teams playing against each other during this tournament: Western Rockies, Western Prairies, and Eastern teams. During this tournament and the August training camp will be held for the final cuts, the scouts will select the successful players to represent Canada at the upcoming Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007.
If you are living in Manitoba, you would be playing for the Western team. To register and play on the Western team while trying out for the Canada team, please contact the following player recruiters:
Marty Rabu at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on CDIHF, visit www.cdihf.deafhockey.com and for further information on the upcoming May tournament in Calgary, visit www.cdihc2006.ca.