Larger-than-life painting of Willie O’Ree to be unveiled in Frederick art gallery

Larger-than-life painting of Willie O’Ree to be unveiled in Frederick art gallery

One of Fredericton’s most famous figures will have a special place on the walls of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for years to come. Willie O’Ree — who became the first Black man to play in the NHL when he laced up for the Boston Bruins in 1958 — is the subject of a portrait expected to be […]

Retired Ontario Judge and Olympian Hugh Fraser named to Hockey Canada board

Retired Ontario Judge and Olympian Hugh Fraser named to Hockey Canada board

By Lincoln DePradine Jamaican-born Hugh L. Fraser, a former Canadian Olympic sprinter and retired Ontario judge, has been asked to take a lead role in fixing embattled Hockey Canada, which has had its access to public funds frozen, and sponsors such as Nike, Tim Hortons and Scotiabank have ended or suspended commercial relationships with the […]

Canada acknowledges pioneers who broke NHL racial barriers

Canada acknowledges pioneers who broke NHL racial barriers

Considered “an event of national historic significance in Canada” Representatives from the federal government formally recognized multiple trailblazing players at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto Wednesday, marking the breaking of racial barriers in the NHL as an event of national historic significance in Canada.  Five players — Paul Jacobs, Henry “Elmer” Maracle, Larry Kwong, Fred Sasakamoose, and […]

P.K. Subban joins ESPN TV hockey team

P.K. Subban joins ESPN TV hockey team

P.K. Subban has become a full-time member of ESPN’s hockey team after contributing during last season’s Stanley Cup playoff coverage. Subban, who retired in September, has signed a three-year agreement with ESPN. He will work mainly as a studio analyst but will handle some games during the season. “I’ve known for a few weeks now. […]

Black drag performer hired to teach respect in hockey

Black drag performer hired to teach respect in hockey

When Hockey New Brunswick started tracking all complaints of discrimination last year, organizers expected to get just a few.  Instead, 29 allegations were investigated, resulting in 15 players being suspended for a minimum of five games, and up to as many as 20.  Executive director Nic Jansen said this was a sign the organization — the […]

P.K. Subban retires from hockey

P.K. Subban retires from hockey

Veteran defenseman Pernell Karl Subban announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday after 13 seasons in the NHL. He is one of five children of Jamaican immigrants Karl and Maria Subban. His brothers –Malcolm and Jordan – are professional hockey players. Malcom is a goaltender with the Sabres and Jordan, who has played in the […]

Herb Carnegie inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Herb Carnegie inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Herb Carnegie is regularly considered the best Black hockey player to never play in the NHL. Bоrn іn Tоrоntо, Ontario оn Nоvеmbеr 8, 1919, Hеrb grеw uр lіѕtеnіng to ‘Hockey Nіght іn Cаnаdа,’ dreaming оf one dау fоllоwіng hіѕ Tоrоntо Maple Lеаfѕ hеrоеѕ tо thе NHL. But аѕ thе son of Jаmаісаn іmmіgrаntѕ, thе раth […]

Hockey Nova Scotia names two awards recognizing former NHLer Bill Riley

Hockey Nova Scotia names two awards recognizing former NHLer Bill Riley

Hockey Nova Scotia has announced two new awards honoring the achievements of former NHLer Bill Riley. The Bill Riley Awards and Bill Riley Scholarships are named after William “Bill” James Riley from Amherst, who became the first African Nova Scotia to play at the NHL when he debuted on December 26, 1974. For Washington Capitals. […]

Independent committee’s findings on racism in GTA Hockey League

Independent committee’s findings on racism in GTA Hockey League

An independent committee, formed by the Greater Toronto Hockey League, has found that racism and discrimination exist in the GTHL and that there is a need to put greater efforts into promoting a culture of acceptance and inclusivity. The committee identified 44 recommendations that the GTHL may look to make in order to bring change […]

Hockey Diversity Alliance launches #TapeOutHate campaign

Hockey Diversity Alliance launches #TapeOutHate campaign

To eradicate racism in hockey Budweiser Canada and the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA), announced an official partnership with the launch of #TapeOutHate; an impactful campaign in support of the HDA’s ongoing mission to eradicate racism in hockey – both on and off the ice – with a specific and simple call to action to #TapeOutHate. […]