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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…