Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional by Cecil Harris
By Cecil Harris
Black hockey gamers from supply Fuhr to Jarome Iginla communicate candidly for the 1st time approximately their reports within the NHL. due to the fact that 1958, thirty-seven black males have performed within the nationwide Hockey League. Out of the six hundred avid gamers lively this present day, fourteen are black. Breaking the Ice: The Black adventure in expert Hockey is the 1st ebook to inform the original tales of black hockey avid gamers -- how they overcame or succumbed to racial and cultural prejudices to play Canada's favorite hobby.
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However, Storey, a 1967 inductee to the Hall of Fame, is alive and he believes Smythe uttered the damning quote. He believes this, although he did not hear it himself. "It was in the newspapers. That's where I saw it, and I believe that is 48 Breaking the Ice an accurate quote from Conn Smythe," said Storey, who turned eighty-six in May 2003. "There's a reason why Herb Carnegie did not play in the NHL. It's very simple: he's black. Don't say we don't have any rednecks in Canada. But I'm not saying Conn Smythe was bigoted, either.
Now Iginla, as a black hockey player, would be more than a curiosity. He would be a professional, living out the dream of literally millions of Canadian boys, satisfying the hopes and dreams of his parents who must have expected big things from him. Why else would they have given him a name that reads like a military roll call? Their child's birth certificate reads: Jarome Arthur Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla. As Schuchard is proud to mention, she chose the name Jarome. After earning a spot on the Canadian Olympic team, Iginla rode the crest of that success and scored eighteen goals in Calgary's first twenty games of the 2001-02 season.
Indeed, by 1948, the year after Robinson carried the banner for blacks in Major League Baseball, three other blacks (Larry Doby, Roy Campanella and Satchel Paige) had joined him in the elite league. While there was no black hockey league in the late 1940s, no on-ice equivalent of the Negro Leagues, there were a few other blacks who played hockey besides Herb Carnegie, such as his brother, Ossie, and Manny Mclntyre, both of whom went on to play pro hockey in France. " The Rangers likely had a legitimate concern about how well Carnegie would play with linemates other than his brother and Mclntyre who, in the opinion of Hall of Fame referee Storey, were not of NHL potential.