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Nicholas Pecora, a third-grader at Level Creek Elementary, practices with his squirt team at the Duluth IceForum. Despite being hearing impaired, Nicholas is able to play on a regular house league team. But he also spends a week every summer just playing with other hearing impaired and deaf children at a special camp in Chicago. Below, Nicholas’ father, David, is one of the team’s coaches. (Photos: Amanda Hertel)

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Pecoras aiming to help bring special needs hockey program to Atlanta

Nicholas Pecora, a third-grader at Level Creek Elementary, is hearing impaired and the benefits from playing hockey have far outweighed the challenges.

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