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Val James: The first African-American to play in the NHL

You might recognize the names Willie O’Ree and Herb Carnegie but what about Val James? Val(more) James became the first black American to skate in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, twenty-four years after Canadian, Willie O’Ree would officially break the “colour-barrier.” For the majority of his career he was an AHL enforcer…

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Weekly Links: Evander Kane update; Ruggeiro named Athlete’s Commission Chair; New You Can Play partnership; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Gabriel Landeskog penned an important piece about concussions for the [Player’s Tribune]. Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty to his charges of non-criminal harassment, disorderly conduct and trespass. [Canoe Sports] Then when the Buffalo Sabres wished him a happy birthday…