As Requested, I Am a Deaf Hockey Player
Recently, I posted on another Reddit section about my experiences in having a hearing loss and being a hockey player. Several people asked me to do an AMA, so I contacted Victoria and here we are.
I lost my hearing at 6 months due meningitis. Since about 1 years old, I've worn hearing aids and without my hearing aids I fall on the spectrum of being legally deaf.
Growing up I experienced the usual amount of bullying and exclusion one with a disability would have. That stuff really sucked, but it helped mold me. I started playing hockey when I was 12 years old and fell in love with the game.
A 19 I found out about the Canadian deaf hockey program. I have since, been able to play hockey for Team Western, Team BC and Team Canada. I have been able to travel across Canada and to Europe because of deaf hockey. My goals of playing hockey at a high level have been fulfilled.
Now that I am older I captain & organize the BC Rockies Deaf & Hard of Hearing hockey team.
I recently was a part of the Molsons Canadian #AnythingForHockey campaign. You can see me in the backgrounds of some of the videos and pictures: https://www.youtube.com/user/MyMolsonCanadian/videos
My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/6xJ2TJH.jpg