March 21, 1964 |
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Winnipeg Jets
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||12th overall, 1982
James G. Kyte (born March 21, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Kyte made history by being the first (and to date, only) legally deaf National Hockey League (NHL) player, playing 598 games in the NHL.
Kyte is the son of former Canadian university athletic star John Kyte, St. Francis Xavier University's Athlete-of-the-Half-Century. Jim is also the brother of former Canadian track team member Aynslee Kyte.
- 1 Hearing loss
- 2 Junior hockey
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 External links
Considered an inspiration to deaf and hard of hearing hockey players during and after his professional hockey career, Kyte was the only player of his time to wear hearing aids during games. According to NHL records, Kyte was the first legally deaf player to play major pro hockey. To protect his hearing aids, Kyte wore a specially-designed helmet that had flaps covering the center of his ears. Although Kyte had full hearing at birth, by the time he was three-years-old, he was legally deaf. Doctors discovered he had been born with a hereditary hearing ailment that caused degeneration of the audio nerve. Throughout his career Kyte was very active in charitable causes involving hearing loss. Kyte learned sign language even though it wasn't necessary for him to communicate and during off-seasons in his early NHL career, he worked with deaf and hard of hearing children at a hockey school sponsored by Stan Mikita in Chicago. While a player, he co-founded the Canadian Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, a hockey school for the deaf, deafened and hard of hearing in Toronto and not long after, started the Jim Kyte Hockey School for the Hearing Impaired. It was a registered charity he and his family devoted countless hours towards for eight years, operating hockey schools for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing children in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Ottawa.
Cornwall Royals (1981-1983)
Kyte's first junior season was with the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League in 1981-82, where in 52 games, Kyte had four goals and 17 points, helping the club clinch the final playoff spot in the Leyden Division. In five playoff games, Kyte was held pointless.
Kyte returned to the Royals for the 1982-83, as he appeared in 65 games, scoring six goals and 36 points, as well as having a team high 195 penalty minutes, helping Cornwall into the post-season. In eight playoff games, Kyte earned two assists, and led the Royals with 24 penalty minutes.
Winnipeg Jets (1982-1989)
He saw limited ice time with the Jets as a rookie in 1983-84, as Kyte appeared in 58 games, scoring a goal and three points, helping the team reach the playoffs. In three playoff games, Kyte did not earn a point, as Winnipeg was swept by the Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division semi-finals.
In 1984-85, Kyte appeared in 71 games with the Jets, earning three assists, while accumulating 111 penalty minutes. In eight playoff games, Kyte was held off the scoresheet, as the team defeated the Calgary Flames in the Smythe Division semi-finals, however, the Jets were then swept by the Edmonton Oilers in the Division finals.
Kyte again appeared in 71 games with the Jets in 1985-86, scoring a goal and four points, while getting 126 penalty minutes, as Winnipeg qualified for the post-season. In three games, Kyte had no points, as the Jets lost to the Calgary Flames in the Smythe Division semi-finals.
Kyte's offensive production increased in 1986-87, as he managed to score five goals and 10 points in 72 games, while getting 162 penalty minutes. In 10 playoff games, Kyte earned four assists, as the Jets would end up losing to the Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division finals.
Injuries plagued Kyte during the 1987-88, as he played in only 51 games, scoring a goal and four points while accumulating 128 penalty minutes. The Jets qualified for the post-season, however, Kyte did not appear in any games.
Kyte appeared in a career high 74 games with the Jets in 1988-89, scoring three goals and 12 points, as well as getting 190 penalty minutes. Winnipeg failed to make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Penguins (1989-1991)
The Penguins sent Kyte to begin the 1990-91 season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL). In 25 games, Kyte scored two goals and seven points, as well as recording 157 penalty minutes. Kyte also appeared in one game with the Penguins, getting no points and two penalty minutes.
On December 13, 1990, the Penguins traded Kyte to the Calgary Flames for Jiri Hrdina.
Calgary Flames (1990-1992)
Kyte finished the 1990-91 with the Calgary Flames, where in 42 games, he earned nine assists and 153 penalty minutes, helping the team reach the playoffs. In seven playoff games, Kyte had no points and seven penalty minutes, as the Flames lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division semi-finals.
Kyte appeared in 21 games with Calgary in 1991-92, getting one assist and 107 penalty minutes. He also played in six games with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL, earning an assist and nine penalty minutes. After the season, Kyte became a free agent.
Ottawa Senators (1992-1993)
Kyte signed with the Ottawa Senators on September 10, 1992. He spent a majority of the 1992-93 season with the New Haven Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring six goals and 24 points in 63 games. In four games with Ottawa, Kyte earned an assist. Kyte was granted free agency after only one season with the Senators.
Las Vegas Thunder (1993-1995)
Kyte signed with the Las Vegas Thunder of the IHL for the 1993-94 season. In 75 games, Kyte scored two goals and 18 points, and accumulated 246 penalty minutes. In four playoff games, Kyte had an assist, and 51 penalty minutes.
San Jose Sharks (1994-1996)
Kyte signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks on March 31, 1995. He finished the 1994-95 season with the Sharks, scoring two goals and seven points in 18 games, helping the team reach the post-season. In 11 playoff games, Kyte had two assists, as the Sharks upset the favoured Calgary Flames in the Western Conference quarter-finals, before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the playoffs.
Kyte played in 57 games with San Jose in 1995-96, scoring a goal and eight points, and earning 146 penalty minutes, however, the team failed to make the playoffs. Kyte was granted free agency after the season.
Kansas City Blades (1996-97)
Kyte finished his playing career in 1996-97 with the Kansas City Blades of the IHL. In 76 games, Kyte had three goals and 11 points, as well as recording 259 penalty minutes. In three playoff games, Kyte had no points. His playing career came to an end from a concussion suffered in an automobile accident in 1997.
|1991–92||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||6||0||1||1||9||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||New Haven Senators||AHL||63||6||18||24||163||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Las Vegas Thunder||IHL||75||2||16||18||246||4||0||1||1||51|
|1994–95||San Jose Sharks||NHL||18||2||5||7||33||11||0||2||2||14|
|1994–95||Las Vegas Thunder||IHL||76||3||17||20||195||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||San Jose Sharks||NHL||57||1||7||8||146||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Kansas City Blades||IHL||76||3||8||11||259||3||0||0||0||2|
- Jim Kyte's player profile at NHL.com
- Jim Kyte's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Jim Kyte's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick