The sky’s the limit: the RCAF`s Honorary Colonel Jim Kyte

Two men wearing military uniforms hold pens and sit at a table in front of flags.
With the official documents signed, James Gregory Kyte, left, becomes the first honorary colonel of 76 Communication Regiment, in Ottawa, Ontario. Regiment commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel Corey Crosby (right) welcomed Honorary Colonel Kyte to the regiment. PHOTO: Corporal Michael MacIsaac, SU12-2018-0328-005

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Limitations have never been a problem for Royal Canadian Air Force Honorary Colonel Jim Kyte.

When he began his professional hockey career with the Winnipeg Jets in 1982, he became the first legally deaf person ever to play in the National Hockey League. And that career lasted as he took his hard-nosed style of play to Calgary, Alberta, to his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, and San Jose, California, over the course of nearly 600 NHL regular-season games.

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