The Board of USA Deaf Sports Federation is deeply saddened by the news of Stan Mikita who died peacefully on August 7, 2018, at 78 years old. Stan Mikita, with the late Irv Tiahnybik, founded the America Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) and the Stan Mikita Hockey School in 1973. A Chicago Blackhawks icon, Hall of Famer, and a wonderful family man, Stan was a huge supporter for deaf and hard of hearing ice hockey players. Because of AHIHA, over 500 deaf and hard of hearing ice hockey players got the opportunity to attend a hockey camp with players like themselves, participate in international competitions, and reassure themselves as proud and capable deaf and hard of hearing individuals. USADSF board member Jeff Mansfield and executive director Jim Crane were fortunate enough to experience his larger-than-life influence and will always be thankful for his presence and leadership at AHIHA.
USADSF extends our deepest sympathies to Stan Mikita’s family, AHIHA, the Chicago Blackhawks, and all who knew him. Stan will be sorely missed but forever remembered for all of his tireless efforts in establishing one of the most successful sporting camps for the deaf and hard of hearing.