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Yes, Steve Downie is deaf in his right ear and halted today’s game due to lost hearing aid

Jan 20, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT


During the third period of the Flyers’ Monday afternoon matinee with the Islanders, a scrum ensued in front the teams’ respective benches.

Nothing unusual for a hockey game, especially a hockey game between two longtime rival clubs.

But what was unusual was the short delay after the whistles finally blew to end the tussle and the refs stepped in to send players away to the penalty box.

Jim Jackson and Keith Jones couldn’t figure out what the delay was for until Steve Coates interjected and made it known that the officials and players were looking for Steve Downie’s hearing aid, which had been knocked out during the scrum.

If you’re like myself, your first reaction was, “Wait, Steve Downie is deaf? Really?”

A quick Google search landed on this Denver Post story from earlier this season when the 26-year-old Downie was a member of the Colorado Avalanche, before he was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Max Talbot.

In the “Details” portion of the story, it’s noted that Downie lost all hearing in his right ear at age 13 due to a rare disorder known as otosclerosis.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says otosclerosis is caused by “abnormal bone remodeling in the middle ear, which disrupts the ability of sound to travel from the middle ear to the inner ear.”

Hopefully that clears it up for you if you were wondering much like I was.

It’s kind of interesting that not only is there a partially deaf player in the NHL, but he also plays for the hometown team. And not many people knew about it.

You learn something new every day.

  1. Marvin Monroe - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Can we get an explanation about his baby fit after he took a penalty with 3 minutes to go in the game? While the play was still going on, he smashed his stick against the boards. The Flyers then had to play against 6 skaters for about 30 seconds because they couldn’t get the puck because Downie didn’t have a stick.

    Of course, the Islanders then tied up the game on the ensuing power play.

    • DeboraRGarrett - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      my roomate’s half-sister makes 74 dollars an hour on the laptop. She has been without a job for 7 months but last month her check was 19922 dollars just working on the laptop for a few hours. published here………………………………………. T­E­C­3­­0.C­O­M

  2. BenE. - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Wait, there are people out there who didn’t know this?

    /condescending comment but also how I truly feel

    • t800m101 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t know about the car accident involving him and his father, either.

  3. Your mom - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    makes me feel bad for saying he sucks

    • Tron - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Don’t worry its not like he heard you

  4. psudrozz - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    downie disgrace’s pelle eklund’s jersey


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