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Leon James Bynum

professional ice-hockey player, was born in New York City. His father was a Haitian emigrant; his mother, originally from Quebec, was of French-Canadian descent. When he was three years old, his mother moved with him back to Montreal. She raised him in a trilingual home, where English, French, and Creole were spoken, in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, an economically disadvantaged neighborhood largely consisting of recent immigrants and working-class individuals. His experiences in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve later would inform Bouillon's philanthropic efforts.

Enthralled by his new country s national pastime Bouillon wanted to play ice hockey from a young age He idolized players like Larry Clark Robinson and Raymond Jean Bourque but his family s lack of financial resources made it difficult to find an affordable little league team Further his small stature did not make him a sought after prospect It was only with the help of a local youth sports charity Jeunes ...

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Dália Leonardo

hockey player, was born in Bedford, Indiana, the youngest of three children of the Canadian Nicole Gauthier and the American Johnny Brashear. His great uncle, Carl Maxie Brashear, made history in 1970 as the first African American to rise to the ranks of master diver for the United States Navy. Brashear grew up in a household marked by domestic violence and his father's struggle with alcohol addiction, and was repeatedly the victim of physical assaults starting when he was just an infant. Even after his parents' separation, Brashear remained with his father and when he was six years old was reunited with the rest of his family, which by then included a stepbrother, Danny Roy Brashear s new home in Loretteville Quebec wasn t any safer as he was particularly targeted by his stepfather Gerard Roy who emotionally and physically abused him His mother eventually placed ...

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Adam W. Green

hockey player, was born in Toronto, Ontario, the second of three children, to Horace Carter, an assessor for Revenue Canada, and Valma Carter, a Ministry of Transportation employee. Carter's parents arrived from Barbados in 1967 and settled in the neighborhood of Scarborough, an immigrant-heavy neighborhood of Toronto. Athletics were in Carter's family—his father played cricket in Barbados and his mother ran track—and Carter was playing street hockey at the age of four and ice hockey at eight.

Conquering his initial struggles with skating Carter became a standout forward in Canada s minor hockey leagues playing for the Agincourt Lions the Metro Toronto Hockey League s Triple A Don Mills Flyers and finally at seventeen the elite Tier II Junior A Wexford Raiders With other black teammates on his teams as a youth his neighborhood produced another black Barbadian hockey player in the goalie Kevin Weekes ...

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Edward M. Burmila

hockey player, was born to an interracial couple and adopted by white parents, Robert Fuhr, an insurance salesman, and Betty of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. Robert Fuhr, an avid recreational golfer and hockey player, encouraged his son's boundless energy and athleticism at an early age. Grant received his first skates at age four, and soon he flooded the family basement, creating an improvised ice rink. His athletic abilities developed rapidly. As a sixteen-year-old student at Composite High School in Spruce Grove he received an offer to join a minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, an offer he summarily rejected to pursue his dream of being a National Hockey League (NHL) goaltender.

With athletics both his primary interest and a potentially lucrative career path Fuhr quit school at sixteen His talents as a goaltender earned him a starting spot on the junior A team of the ...

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Adele N. Nichols

professional ice hockey player and coach, was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in Canada. Information about his parents’ names and occupations, and his education, is not known. When Graham was sixteen years old, he joined the Regina Blues in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and played with them from 1975 to 1976. He played with the Regina Pats in the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) from 1975 to 1978 and in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1978 to 1979 before the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League drafted him in the fifth round of the NHL draft. He began with lower league affiliates of the Canucks, the Dallas Black Hawks of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), from 1979 to 1980 and then joined the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League (IHL) from 1980 to 1981. With the Toledo (Ohio) Goaldiggers (IHL) from 1980 ...

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Jason Philip Miller

professional hockey player, was born in Detroit, Michigan, where his father Bobby Grier worked as an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions professional football team. When Mike was three, however, Bobby was hired away by the New England Patriots, and the family relocated to Boston, where Grier attended local schools and planned for a life of athletics. Mike Grier's uncle is Rosey Grier, the professional football defensive great. The young Grier began skating at the age of four, and sometime later was excelling in a youth hockey league, where he was often the only African American on the ice. He attended St. Sebastian's School, where he again played hockey. During his senior year, he was drafted by the St. Louis Blues, but instead chose to attend college and play hockey while also working toward a degree. He matriculated at Boston College in 1993 only to find that ...

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Dália Leonardo

hockey player, was born Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tij Junior Elvis Iginla in Edmonton, Alberta, to Elvis Iginla, a lawyer originally from Nigeria, and Susan Schuchard, a teacher whose family moved from Medford, Oregon, to Canada in the 1960s mainly due to their opposition to the Vietnam War. His parents divorced when he was not yet two years old. Following the separation in 1978, mother and son resided with Iginla's grandparents, Rick and Frances Schuchard, who assisted in raising him. In his early teens Iginla developed into a gifted multisport athlete, excelling in both hockey and baseball, but eventually decided to focus exclusively on hockey.

As a member of the St. Albert Raiders, Iginla led the Alberta Midget League in 1992–1993 with eighty seven points His stellar play continued in the Canadian Junior League with the Kamloops Blazers where he was an integral part of ...

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Gerardo Del Guercio

black and Florida native to play in the National Hockey League (NHL), Valmore Edwin James was born in Ocala, Florida and grew up on Long Island. He later moved to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada to play for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The hard-hitting left-winger and defenseman made two short National Hockey League appearances in the 1980s. He was chiefly an enforcer on numerous minor league professional teams from 1978 to 1988 Henry James Val James s father was the operations manager for the Long Island Arena where Val James played hockey as a child and teenager Val James s mother Pernella was a housewife as well as a mother to six children In the late 1940s Henry James relocated the family from Ocala Florida to the calm New York exurb of Suffolk County to escape the Jim Crow South The move came ...

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Michael C. Miller

hockey player, was born in Montreal, Quebec, to a Nigerian father, who returned to Nigeria shortly after Tony's birth, and a Canadian mother who put him up for adoption. Larry McKegney, a chemist, and Cathy McKegney, both white, adopted one-year-old Tony, one of five children they adopted, and raised him in Sarnia, Ontario. Even though he was the only African American in his neighborhood, and one of only twenty in a town of 50,000, he felt accepted.

A gifted athlete McKegney played football baseball basketball and hockey He knew early that hockey was his future and like most Canadian boys dreamed of a career in the National Hockey League NHL To help develop his and his brothers skills his father built a skating rink in their backyard He played junior hockey in Sarnia becoming the star of the Sarnia Blackhawks before moving up to major juniors in ...

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Edward M. Burmila

hockey player, was born William Eldon O'Ree in Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada, to Harry Douglas O'Ree, a civil servant, and Rosebud Wright. The youngest of thirteen children, O'Ree took to the ice almost as soon as he could walk. In the frigid Maritime Provinces of Canada, it was common for the streets to be covered in ice for months during the long winters; he often found skating easier than walking. The O'Rees, one of only two black families in town, were well-respected. His childhood was largely absent of racial discrimination, although there remained places in Fredricton that were off-limits to blacks.

O Ree played hockey for the first time at five years of age and proved to be innately talented By the time he was fifteen he had won a spot with the local amateur club the Fredricton Junior Capitals A left handed shooter with outstanding speed ...