Authentic Engagement, Black History Month and the NHL

Today I had the exciting task of representing fans of color, specifically Black fans, as I presented my ideas on authentic engagement during BHM to all 32 NHL clubs in a private conference call. Over the last year, I have worked with the NHL in various capacities, and their HIFE department has truly done so … Continue reading Authentic Engagement, Black History Month and the NHL

Starting a Conversation: Kwame Mason on Hockey, Race and Representation

Damon Kwame Mason wanted to start a conversation. No one was talking about hockey players who looked like him and that just wouldn’t do.  Mason wrote, directed and produced the documentary “Soul on Ice: Past Present and Future.” The film, released in 2015, traces back to the roots of black athletes playing hockey, features interviews … Continue reading Starting a Conversation: Kwame Mason on Hockey, Race and Representation

Screen the Willie O’Ree Documentary at Middleburg Film Festival With BGHC October 19

See Willie with BGHC The first Black Girl Hockey Club meetup of the 2019-2020 NHL season is coming up in Washington D.C. October 18 at Capital One Arena, which just happens to be the same weekend the Willie (2019) documentary is set to screen right up the road at the Middleburg Film Festival. The film, a … Continue reading Screen the Willie O’Ree Documentary at Middleburg Film Festival With BGHC October 19

Willie O’Ree Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

On Monday evening in Toronto, Willie O'Ree, the first Black professional hockey player in the NHL, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Surrounded by friends, family and fans, O'Ree accepted his induction with the style and grace he is known for. Not only was O'Ree present, but many of the Black fans and … Continue reading Willie O’Ree Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Prospects of Color: Jermaine Loewen for the Dallas Stars

Drafted June 2018 by the Dallas Stars, Jermaine Loewen's hockey career defies expectations. While the economic barriers of hockey could have been a roadblock to the majors, Jermaine was adopted from a Jamaican orphanage at the age of four. He moved to Manitoba, Canada where the Loewens fostered his love of the game and looked … Continue reading Prospects of Color: Jermaine Loewen for the Dallas Stars

Black Hockey History: The Maritime Colored Hockey League

Did you know Black folks have been playing hockey since the 1800s? The Maritime Colored Hockey League was founded in Nova Scotia in 1894 and had teams with names like The Eureka and Jubilee. George and Darril Fosty wrote a book about the league, Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of … Continue reading Black Hockey History: The Maritime Colored Hockey League