Thursday, March 03, 2005

Future Traverse City forward reluctant to move

Leaving parents, who are deaf, will be tough for Howell's Madden

BY JEFF ARNOLD Ann Arbor News Sports Reporter

HOWELL - Surrounded by chaos, Sandy Madden sits in silence. After years of watching hockey, she's aware of what's going on around her. A lifetime of being deaf keeps her from hearing it.

She feels the wooden bleachers shiver underneath her when one of her son's Howell High School teammates is driven into the boards. Even through she can't hear a referee's shrieking whistle, Sandy, who has been unable to hear since the age of 3, expresses her displeasure with an emotional moan.

At one end of Howell's cavernous ice rink, Sandy's husband, Bob - also deaf since the age of 3 - stands behind a glass partition with a hand-held camcorder pressed against his eye. He can't believe how far his son, 17-year-old Jon Madden - a junior forward - has come since the days when he'd form two pieces of masking tape into an "X" and press it onto kitchen cabinets.

Read the rest of the story from the Ann Arbor News here.

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