The NHL has a long history of playing deaf culture.
For example, in 1988, the Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 76 years.
And in 1991, the Washington Capitals won their second Stanley Cup in four years.
But there’s no denying that the NHL’s deaf community is still growing.
The league is hosting a deaf hockey league for the second straight year in 2017.
“We’re excited about what we can do with this,” says Jason Tynan, who has worked with the league since 2010.
“It’s a really exciting time for us to be a part of.
It’s a great opportunity for us.
We’re going to work very hard to make sure we’re in a position to deliver on our vision and we’re committed to it.”
And, of course, Tynas’ team is the only deaf team in the NHL.
The Flyers are hosting an online listening session for deaf fans on Sunday, May 20 at 11 a.m.
Tynans says the group will discuss the league’s vision for deaf hockey, as well as its commitment to hearing people.
“We’re going in with the goal of being a great hockey team,” Tynons says.
“And then we’re going out to show that we’re serious about being a good team.”
The listening session will also include Tynsons’ team’s own players, along with Tynana’s daughter, the team’s director of community outreach and its director of development.
The hearing group will also meet with coaches and players.
In the meantime, Tysan says his team has a plan to make it happen.
The team has made some changes to the league in the last few years.
For one, the league now requires a certified hearing coach and a hearing coach certified by the American Association of Hearing Impaired Athletes to coach deaf players.
Tysans says he also hopes to see the league bring in a deaf director of hockey operations, something he says the league has done for a few years now.
But, of more immediate concern, Tynes says the team is also working to make deaf fans feel welcome in the league.
“I’m really looking forward to having deaf fans around us,” he says.
Tynes will be on hand for the listening session on Sunday at 11:30 a., so check back for the audio.
“I think we’re definitely getting the most deaf hockey fans that we’ve ever had,” he adds.
“There’s going to be deaf people, deaf fans that are interested in deaf hockey.
So we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
In other deaf culture news, The Associated Press spoke to a deaf artist who was inspired by the NHL and the deaf community.
He says deaf culture is part of his life, and it’s important to him.
The deaf artist, named Jasey, lives in Canada and says the deaf culture has influenced his life.
He recently started playing music with his family on the internet.
He hopes the NHL will continue to expand its deaf culture with its deaf hockey program.
For more on the deaf hockey community, check out the Associated Press story “How deaf culture can inspire deaf athletes to win.”
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