Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/13/06 at 10:49 AM ET
The league began on ponds but soon moved to arenas, although the Coloured League wasn't exactly given V.I.P. treatment — games were held late at night and late in the season, so ice surfaces were lousy. The quality of the hockey, however, was not. "The caliber of hockey was just awesome," said Fosty. "In some of these accounts, people are saying it's some of the best hockey they've seen played." It was a wide-open style, in contrast to the controlled and conservative play of some of the all-white leagues of the day. Many of the innovations from the Coloured League were quickly co-opted by white players around the region — like suburban high school basketball players stealing moves they saw on a city playground.read on
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