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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: The decline of Canadian road hockey; Mexican women’s hockey growing; New details in players’ lawsuit vs. the CHL; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Colin Horgan writes about the decline of a quintessential Canadian past-time, road hockey, due to urban regulation of public space and fear of letting children play freely. [The Guardian] Kate Cimini interviews Claudia Téllez, the star of the Mexican…

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Weekly Links: Insight on Swedish hockey; Amanda Kessel’s impact on women’s pro hockey; NHL’s problematic handling of concussions; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Victor Hedman, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has an interesting piece on growing up playing hockey in Sweden and the differences between this experience and that of North American youth. [Player’s Tribune] With superstar Amanda Kessel leaving college after…