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The Jim Kyte Story

Check out this fascinating story about former Winnipeg Jet Jim Kyte.

Jim Kyte was like any other tough guy in the NHL – big, tough and intimidating – except for one thing; he was legally deaf.

When Kyte entered the league in 1982-83, he became the first legally deaf player to suit up in the NHL. He was also the first player to wear hearing aids while playing and required a special helmet to protect them.

Kyte was born with perfect hearing, but when he was three-years-old, it was discovered that he had a hereditary condition causing his audio nerve to degenerate.