I’m not sure if you
know, but I love hockey. VICTORIA NOLAN: Oh, no. I wasn’t aware of that. ANTHONY MCLACHLAN: Very funny. I love the competitiveness and
the camaraderie that hockey offers, not to mention the
various adaptations that allows everybody to play. VICTORIA NOLAN: I agree. Well, Alex Smyth got
to explore deaf hockey and meet a couple of friends
who are probably just as passionate about
hockey as you are. [whistle blows] ALEX SMYTH: Hockey is a game of
teamwork, where communication and cooperation is vital. For deaf and
hard-of-hearing players, like Shawn Mayzes
of the BC Rockies, who’s competing at the Canada
Deaf Games in Winnipeg, there may be adaptations
to the sport. But the passion
remains the same. SHAWN MAYZES: Hockey has
always been around my life. And when I was 12, I decided
to start playing ice hockey and I’ve played ever since. I don’t wear my hearing
aids on the ice, so I really don’t hear much. I actually took my
oldest daughter out to public skating and kind
of pushing or teaching her how to skate. And I was pushing
off with my skates. I kept thinking,
what’s that noise? It’s some kind of crunching. And I realized that the
skates actually make a really loud crunching sound. [ice grinding] It took me 10 years
of playing hockey to realize that there actually
is a noise to the skates. ALEX SMYTH: Shawn’s
BC Rockies teammate, Scott Van Der Sluys, whose
voice is being overdubbed, is happy that he got involved
in the sport of deaf hockey. SCOTT VAN DER SLUYS: I grew
up playing with hockey. It’s amazing. It’s an awesome sport. My involvement with the
deaf team was back in 1989. I never knew there was
a deaf time happening. I grew up playing
with a hearing team. And then, ever since, I’ve been
playing with the deaf team. ALEX SMYTH: There are
some adaptations required for deaf hockey, including
strobe lights that are placed throughout the rink. SHAWN MAYZES: The strobe lights
are there for the players who are deaf and cannot
hear the whistle. They kind of help
make sure we don’t have a player taking a late
shot or late hit, or whatnot. SCOTT VAN DER SLUYS:
Normally, the goalie usually puts their hands up knowing
when the game has stopped. So some players don’t look
up, they look down at the puck and just skate into the net. And a goalie is like,
the game has stopped. Its funny. You don’t really
communicate on the ice. But by looking where
you’re supposed to be, using the stick, waving
around, and then on the bench, use sign language and talk. SHAWN MAYZES: And,
overall, we’re all a lot more understanding
of being able to repeat words and sentences. Just helping each other and
converse with each other. ALEX SMYTH: At the
end of the day, Shawn and Scott want everyone
to have the opportunity to play and take part in
the experience they’ve enjoyed for years. SHAWN MAYZES: We really
encourage and invite a lot of players to come out
and just try it and have fun. We have some players who
have played for a long time and they’re very
supportive and they help coach the new players. We really try and have
a fun and learning atmosphere for our players. And sometimes players
have difficulty with the cost of
equipment, so we try and help out where we can. SCOTT VAN DER SLUYS: If they
don’t know how to play hockey, we’ll teach them. ALEX SMYTH: When
they have a chance to play and compete together,
they have goals in mind, both on and off the ice. SHAWN MAYZES: I hope that
at least one of the BC team can win a medal. I hope that some of
our newer players who are still getting
better in learning the game, I hope they can get a
goal to have a lot of fun. SCOTT VAN DER SLUYS: Come
here as a team, as a family, and go home happy. ALEX SMYTH: Shawn and Scott
met when they were young, but hockey served as a catalyst
for their lasting friendship. SCOTT VAN DER SLUYS: He’s
been a great friend of mine for a long time. SHAWN MAYZES: I
live in Vancouver. Scott lives on Vancouver Island. So we don’t get to
hang out or spend time with each other that much. So coming to the games
here is a chance for us to hang out and play some
hockey together and have fun. VICTORIA NOLAN: That’s
one of the things I love about sport is how
it brings people together. It’s awesome that Scott and
Shawn were reunited after all of those years through hockey. ANTHONY MCLACHLAN: Absolutely. I also find it
really interesting exploring all the different
adaptations for deaf hockey and learning how teammates
communicate with one another on the ice. VICTORIA NOLAN:
Well, Scott and Shawn came away with a bronze medal
at the Canada Deaf Games with their BC Rockies team. ANTHONY MCLACHLAN:
They also say that they are looking for new
players to join the team and that beginners
are always welcome.

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