Originally Posted by stroke0999
It isn't that I'm not interested in Hockey. I am, remember I am "interested in everything." But I've never been interested enough to attend but one game or to watch the games on tv. Ditto a lot of other sports. I was on a plane once sitting next to a hockey player. I asked him a lot about the game. It was interesting to me.
That is one reason why I like the possibility of meeting people, dating and so forth. People have different interests. If I met someone who was interested in hockey, a fanatic, sweatshirt with logo, never miss a game fan, then I would learn a lot about hockey. It would be fun to share in their enthusiasm.
What are some of the things that you want to explore this year? I mean, how do you want to develop yourself? I think that I want to add in more music and become a player. I also want to have more awareness of the gifts I've been given, such as health. In other words, gratitude. What about you?
well here ya go be a fan lol of both NHL and Black history.... a link:
then here r my own words...He is my hero I am a die hard hockey fan so heres go....Willie Eldon O'Ree, (born October 15, 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, known best for being the first black player in the National Hockey League. O'Ree played as a winger for the Boston Bruins. O'Ree is referred to as the "Jackie Robinson of ice hockey" due to breaking the colour barrier in the sport,and has stated publicly that he had met Jackie Robinson twice in his own younger years... Willie Eldon O'Ree,is a Black Canadian former professional ice hockey player, known best for being the first black player in the National Hockey League. O'Ree played as a winger for the Boston Bruins. O'Ree is referred to as the "Jackie Robinson of ice hockey" due to breaking the colour barrier in the sport,and has stated publicly that he had met Jackie Robinson twice in his own younger yearsMidway through his second minor-league season with the Quebec Aces, O'Ree was called up to the Boston Bruins of the NHL to replace an injured player. O'Ree was 95% blind in his right eye due to being hit there by an errant puck two years earlier,which normally would have precluded him from playing in the NHL. However, O'Ree managed to keep it secret, and made his NHL debut with the Bruins on January 18, 1958, against the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first black player in league history, appearing in two games that year, and came back in 1961 to play 43 games, playing with Boston centreman Don McKenney and winger Jerry Toppazzini. He scored four goals and 10 assists in his NHL career, all in 1961.
Much more but well, I'll be post something new lol
O'Ree noted that "racist remarks were much worse in the U.S. cities than in Toronto and Montreal," the two Canadian cities hosting NHL teams at the time, and that "Fans would yell, 'Go back to the South' and 'How come you're not picking cotton?' Things like that. It didn't bother me. I just wanted to be a hockey player, and if they couldn't accept that fact, that was their problem, not mine."
In the minor leagues, O'Ree won two scoring titles in the Western Hockey League (WHL) between 1961 and 1974, scoring thirty or more goals four times, with a high of 38 in 1964–65 and 1968–69. Most of O'Ree's playing time was with the WHL's Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls. The latter team retired his number, now hanging from the rafters at the San Diego Sports Arena. O'Ree continued to play in the minors until the age of 43.
and his Impact on hockey:
After O'Ree's stint in the NHL, there was no other black player in the NHL until another Canadian player, Mike Marson, was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1974. There are 17 black players in the NHL as of the mid-2000s, the most prominent being Canadian Jarome Iginla (who is currently on the Calgary Flames). Art Dorrington was the first black player to sign an NHL contract, in 1950 with the New York Rangers organization, but Dorrington never played beyond the minor league level. NHL players are now required to enroll in a diversity training seminar before each season, and racially based verbal abuse is punished through suspensions and fines. While O'Ree was the first black player in the NHL, Larry Kwong, a Canadian of Chinese descent, first broke racial barriers when he played one game for the New York Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens on March 13, 1948.