By Cecil Harris
Black hockey avid gamers from furnish Fuhr to Jarome Iginla communicate candidly for the 1st time approximately their reviews within the NHL. due to the fact 1958, thirty-seven black males have performed within the nationwide Hockey League. Out of the six hundred avid gamers lively this present day, fourteen are black. Breaking the Ice: The Black adventure in specialist Hockey is the 1st publication to inform the original tales of black hockey avid gamers -- how they overcame or succumbed to racial and cultural prejudices to play Canada's favorite hobby.
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Extra info for Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey
He wasn't a young kid anymore. " Dorrington said that even though he, like Robinson, took the deal. A 5-foot-8,160-pounder who played center and left wing, Dorrington left his hometown of Truro, Nova Scotia in 1950 to join an amateur team in Connecticut. , and he travelled alone. During a team practice at Madison Square Garden, he caught the eye of a Rangers scout. The scout offered him a contract to play for the New York Rovers, an Eastern League team affiliated with the NHL club. Dorrington, then twenty, took the deal and waited for the Rovers to return from a road trip.
But of course, he's Yzerman, so he saw me. " The crackling slapshot caromed off the glove of goalie Mike Richter and twisted in the air like a flipped coin. "It felt like the puck was moving in slow motion. I couldn't wait for it to come down," Iginla said with a laugh. "I was saying, 'Come down! ' Finally the puck comes down, and it's just over the goal 31 Cecil Harris line. I was more excited about that goal than the first one because it gave us a two-goal lead. It really took the pressure off.
Each man brought speed, offensive creativity and toughness to the ice. Opposing teams had a difficult time trying to contain them. Canada's other reshuffled lines also performed well, as did the defensemen and goalie Martin Brodeur. No longer was Canada an Olympic-sized underachiever. After three wins, Canada headed into a gold-medal game showdown against Team USA. m. start. A night game would have just meant more time to vomit because of nervousness. S. the game was important, an opportunity to win Olympic gold on home ice for the third consecutive time (after 1960 in Squaw Valley, Colorado, and the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" in Lake Placid, New York).
Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey by Cecil Harris