First Native player in NHL Fred Sasakamoose still inspires

Fred Sasakamoose was the first Aboriginal hockey player in the NHL.  Hear how he felt when he was first called up to play for the Chicago Blackhawks on this episode of Trailbreakers.

Fred Sasakamoose was the first Aboriginal hockey player in the NHL. Hear how he felt when he was first called up to play for the Chicago Blackhawks on this episode of Trailbreakers.

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When the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup this year, Aboriginal people across the country stood up and cheered. Jordan Nolan, Ojibway, and Dwight King, Métis, brought a lot of pride to the Aboriginal community.

Nolan took the Cup home to Garden River First Nation and the photographs of him standing on the bridge leading into the community with the Stanley Cup hoisted over his head hit Facebook within moments. 

More people are now aware of the contributions Native players are making because of social media says Philip Paul-Martin, editor-in-chief of Native Hockey News.

"It's impacting our pride as Native people because we are more aware of the Native players in the NHL. I think the impact has been larger than it would have been before the explosion of social media," says Paul-Martin.

As the awareness grows, Trailbreakers talks to the very first Aboriginal player to be called up to the big leagues - Fred Sasakamoose. 

He not not only broke the trail to the big leagues but also set an example to give back to the community.

Host Don Kelly talks with NHL players Bryan Trottier and Jordin Tootoo about what the road has been like for them and how they too have inspired a generation of young players.
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