Deaflympics Gold Medalist Peter Gintoli to drop ceremonial first puck Friday

by Casey Bryant

Peter Gintoli, captain of Team USA's gold medal-winning Deaflympics hockey team, will drop a ceremonial first puck prior to Friday night's game against the Elmira Enforcers. Gintoli, along with his brother Garrett (pictured above, right), secured the gold medal by beating Canada 7-3 in the finals held in Valchiavenna, Italy on December 21st.

Peter Gintoli is a native of Monroe, CT with experience in the SPHL. He played 44 games with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in 2016-17. He, Garrett and his sister Michelle have been members of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association since 2003. The gold medal is Peter's second.

Michelle Gintoli will be joining Peter as part of the festivities. Michelle is the captain of Team USA's women's Deaflympics hockey team and coaches in the Ridgefield Amateur Hockey Association. She, along with several other members of the Gintoli family, were there to witness the historic medal-clinching victory in Italy.

"It was such a great honor to be there to see Peter and Garrett win the gold medal," Michelle commented. "We're looking forward to a great night tomorrow."

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