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Black Hockey History Tour Visiting Detroit

from Ryan Patrick Hooper of WDET,

The NHL’s “Black Hockey History Tour” will visit 14 cities in total including two stops locally at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and the Little Caesars Arena for the annual Hockeytown Winterfest. You can find a full schedule of events here.

African-Americans have a history with hockey that dates back to the late-19th century with the Coloured Hockey League — an all-black ice hockey league founded in Nova Scotia in 1895.

But less than 5% of the NHL is made up of players of color — that’s 43 players out of more than 700 in the league.

Three of those players — Givani Smith, Trevor Daley and Madison Bowey — currently play for the Detroit Red Wings. That’s a first in the history of the franchise.

“That’s a real milestone for the Red Wings and that organization,” says Kim Davis, the executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs at the NHL.


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This is welcome. I had no idea about the league in Nova Scotia in the late 1800s for instance. That’s really interesting.

It’s good for everyone’s -especially kids-  in metro Detroit to be able to see players on the ice who look like them.

But I’d guess to most of us, Givani, Trevor, and Madison are mostly just three of our guys. We cheer for them and praise or critique their play without thinking about anything else.

Demographic change will change the outward profile of the league in time, but outreach and education are good things. The bigger overall issue is partly class - it’s expensive to buy the equipment and access ice time and pay even rec league fees.
For a lot of families - and schools - “what sport can we afford” is a big issue.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/17/20 at 05:41 PM ET

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