In Canada, Jr A hockey is big time – equivalent to NCAA-I in
basketball and football. Many NHL pros have played Jr A
hockey during their younger days. Many Canadian deaf kids
play hockey – but only one goalie, was drafted. It was
Jeff Lillie. He was drafted by the Kitchener Rangers,
a long time member of the powerful Ontario Hockey
League. His draft hit the front pages of many
sports pages in newspapers.

He didn’t make it. The Rangers sent him down to a
lower Jr A level where he allowed 3.92 goals
per game one season in the 1990’s. The Rangers
released him after that season. He lacked the
work ethic that was required of all Jr A and
NHL prospects.