Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey

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Since 1958, thirty-eight black men have played in the National Hockey League. Of the more than six hundred players today, fourteen are black. Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey is the first book to tell the unique stories of black hockey players -- how they triumphed over racial and cultural prejudice, or succumbed to it. Sports journalist Cecil Harris outlines the personal and professional battles as well as the victories of such hockey pioneers as Herb Carnegie and Willie O'Ree -- men...
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Overview

Since 1958, thirty-eight black men have played in the National Hockey League. Of the more than six hundred players today, fourteen are black. Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey is the first book to tell the unique stories of black hockey players -- how they triumphed over racial and cultural prejudice, or succumbed to it. Sports journalist Cecil Harris outlines the personal and professional battles as well as the victories of such hockey pioneers as Herb Carnegie and Willie O'Ree -- men whose determination, skill and sheer love of the game smoothed the ice for black players to follow. Harris also profiles former goaltender Grant Fuhr, who in 2003 became the first black to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, current stars Jarome Iginla, Anson Carter, Kevin Weekes and Mike Grier, as well as retired players Mike Marson, Ray Neufeld and Tony McKegney, among others. With a stickhandler's precision, Harris' Breaking the Ice documents the struggles and contributions of black players to hockey, and leaves an indelible mark on sports history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894663809
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cecil Harris

Cecil Harris is a veteran sports reporter who has covered the NHL for The Hockey News and The Sporting News. He covered the New York Rangers and New York Islanders for New York Newsday, and the Carolina Hurricanes for the Raleigh News and Observer. Breaking the Ice is his first book. Harris lives in Yonkers, NY.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 13
The Big Tree 17
A Pioneer in Search of Fame 35
Wrong Place, Wrong Time 59
Unstoppable 75
A Brand New Game 91
Somebody Always Wanted Me 111
Masked Men 129
The N-Bomb 147
The Jackie Robinson of Amherst 159
Hired Hands 173
Tiger Hunting 185
Tomorrow's Game 201
Afterword 205
Source Notes 208
Index 218
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