Hello hockey fans! It is Black History Month, and I wanted to share a couple of pieces of media specifically about black hockey players, of which the NHL has a few (but could use more) that are currently on my “to read” and “to watch” lists.
A Film by Damon Kwame Mason
Soul On Ice: Past, Present, and Future presents and retells the virtually unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. For decades, hockey was seen as a homogeneous sport – exciting to watch but played by one kind of player. Soul On Ice presents the exploits of athletes who dared to stand out, and dared to make the sport their own. These Black athletes dared to give their sport soul.
Black Ice by Val James
Val James became the first African American player in the NHL when he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, and in 1987 he became the first black player of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is a must-read if you’re interested in the history of black men and ice hockey.
If you’re interested in reading about 5 Black hockey players I love, click here.
xoxo C. Diva