On This Date, 59 Years Ago, Willie O’Ree Broke the Color Barrier From Ice Hockey in Harlem

Describing Willie O’Ree’s NHL debut as a Boston Bruin against the Candiens, Dave Stubbs writes “The native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, had arrived in Montreal from Quebec on an emergency call-up, carrying a suitcase and the baggage of racial intolerance he had been lugging through the minor pros.” Continue Reading →

Harlem Athletes Are ‘Cross-Checking’ Hockey Stereotypes (audio)

2015_03_22_HarlemHockey_012Go to almost any suburban rink on an early winter morning and you’ll see equipment bags and hockey sticks being unloaded from SUVs and minivans, as dedicated parents bring their kids to predawn practice. Continue Reading →