P.K. Subban, #76 of the Nashville Predators, skates against the Montreal Canadiens in 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Canadians and hockey go together like beaches and swimming or playgrounds and swings or computers and keyboards or… you get the point, right? Like most Canadians, black people living in this country also grew up taking slap shots and making saves on streets, in driveways or arenas from the Maritimes to B.C. and a few places in between! Let’s take a look at black Canadians in hockey from the past to the present.
A team from the Coloured Hockey League, 1910.
The Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes started in 1894 — 22 years before the NHL— and lasted for more than 30 years. It was headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and featured teams such as the Dartmouth Jubilees, Africville Seasides, Halifax Eurekas and the Africville Brown Bombers. The league made contributions to modern hockey such as the slap-shot and the rule allowing goalies going down on the ice to stop the puck.