Ryne Krueger participated in the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) program and recently was selected to play for the Deaf World Championship team representing the United States. The World Championships will be held April 19-29, 2017 in Amherst, NY and will include Team USA along with teams from Russia, Canada, and Finland.
The World Championships are held every 4 years rotating through Europe, Russia and North America. Team USA was selected through rigorous tryouts in August followed by two games against Team Canada played in Kitchener, Ontario. The team includes college, junior, and high school players from across the United States. Players will train throughout the year with their home organizations before gathering in April for the World Championship games.
AHIHA was established in 1973 by Chicago businessman Irv Tiahnybik in cooperation with former Chicago Blackhawk Stan Mikita. Each year, hockey players (ages 6-adult) from across the country gather in Chicago for a week-long camp at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena where they learn about and improve their hockey skills. Participants are coached by a staff with college, national, international and NHL experience. In addition, they participate in off-ice training as well as social events throughout the week.
Ryne is a senior at Barrington High School and 4-year member of the Barrington Broncos Hockey Club playing defense. He has a severe-profound hearing loss.
Congratulations Ryne. We’re proud of you. Go Team USA.