For more than 45 years, the AHIHA – Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been helping hockey players achieve their goals, both on and off the ice. World class coaching, extensive support systems and ongoing mentoring help our athletes to build the self-confidence and life skills needed to be successful on the ice and achieve their goals beyond hockey.
AHIHA was established in 1973 by Chicago businessman Irv Tiahnybik, in cooperation with NHL Hall of Fame and former Chicago Blackhawk Stan Mikita. They wanted to provide a venue for athletes who were deaf or hard of hearing to learn the game of hockey, develop life skills and build friendships. For many players, their experience with AHIHA changes their outlook on life. They make new friends, share common hockey and life experiences and form bonds that last a lifetime. Players return home with renewed optimism, commitment to improving their game and a support network to help them achieve their goals both on and off the ice.