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…

Summer Reads: The hockey edition

Summer is just around the corner which means you need some fun reading to enjoy while basking in the sun or travelling on a plane. Here is a list of 10 hockey books that may pique your interest. I have tried to pull from titles that were released in late 2015 through to ones that…

The league that never existed: Black hockey in the Maritimes

The Canadian Library and Archives website hosts a section called “Backcheck: A hockey retrospective.”  Roch Carrier introduces the archive with the following words: “Hockey is also the history of Canadians. The game reflects the reality of Canada in its evolution, ambitions, character, tensions and partnerships.”  In this archive, we can learn about the beginnings of hockey…