from william Douglas of NHL.com,
Givani Smith loves being a part of black hockey history.
The 21-year-old Detroit Red Wings rookie forward is elated that items of his are part of a Black History Month display at Little Caesars Arena along with memorabilia from defensemen Trevor Daley and Madison Bowey, the team's other black players.
Smith's first Red Wings goal puck, his jersey and stick and some of the outfit he wore when he was selected at the 2016 NHL Draft are in a glass-enclosed showcase, along with the two Stanley Cup rings Daley won as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and game-used equipment from Bowey, a member of the 2018 Washington Capitals Stanley Cup-winning team.
"It's really cool. It's all so surreal," Smith said. "Having my articles in the room showcased and fans having a chance to see that, to me it means that the struggles and everything I had to go through to get here are recognized. It's nice to be obviously recognized for my hard work and what I do out here."