USM's Kyte to Play in World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships
GORHAM, Maine -- University of Southern Maine freshman men's ice hockey defenseman Johnny Kyte (Carp, Ontario) will be representing his home country of Canada in the third World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Williamstown, N.Y. The first games of the tournament begin tomorrow.
The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, in association with USA Hockey and the Amherst (N.Y.) Youth Hockey Association, are hosting the championships at the NorthTown Center in Amherst, N.Y., from April 19-27.
Kyte will be on the Canadian team along with his brother Thomas and cousins Sean and Patrick Kyte. Johnny and Thomas Kyte's twin sisters, Abigayle and Emma, are also playing for Canada in the first-ever Women's Deaf Ice Hockey Championship.
This is Kyte's first major tournament in North America. He played for Team Canada at the 18th Winter Deaflympics held in Khanty-Mansiyak, Russia, in 2015 finishing with a silver medal.
The Kyte family, who are hard of hearing, has a long and distinguished history playing ice hockey. Two uncles played for the Canadian Deaf team in the 1980's and 1990's, and Johnny's uncle, Jim Kyte, was the first legally deaf player to play in the National Hockey League playing 598 games with five different teams from 1983-1997.
Johnny Kyte played in all 26 games this past winter in his first season at USM scoring one goal and passing out two assists.
Follow the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships at https://www.2017wdihc.com