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The story of hearing impaired hockey player Gregg Sutch via CBC.
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from Paul Peck of wivb,
While die hard Sabres fans may not know the name “Gregg Sutch” just yet, after learning more about him, it may be hard not to cheer the fifth round draft pick all the way to a roster spot with the blue and the gold.
Draft choice Gregg Sutch feels the game but he doesn’t always hear it. Gregg is hearing impaired, and has been for nearly all of his life.
“I can hear the crowd. I can hear the game, skating, the crash and all that. The finer things, the whistle kind of thing, somebody yelling for a pass in the middle of a loud crowd. Trying to pick that out, that’s the difficult part,” explained Sutch.
From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:
[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.
“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”
Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.