Black History Month


The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada.

Throughout February, Hockey Canada will celebrate Black History Month with a series of stories and video features that highlight the contributions and accomplishments of Black Canadians at every level of the game.

Video and written content will be featured at HockeyCanada.ca and across Hockey Canada’s social media platforms – TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

From coast to coast to coast, we invite all Canadians to learn more about these communities, and how they continue to help shape the story of Canada.

 

Meet Andrea Murray, Hailey James and Dayton O’Donoghue, who recently received Black Girl Hockey Club scholarships as they continue to develop into leaders in Canada’s game.
The coach co-founded the Skillz Black Aces to provide an inclusive team environment for BIPOC players in the GTA.
Change from the Ground up
Anthony Stewart talks providing access, opportunities and experiences for players at every level of the game.
A program aimed at providing accessibility to minority families had a big impact on Josh Ho-Sang’s journey to Beijing.
A new association in Toronto is reaching out to underrepresented communities to let them know – hockey is for you, too.
Adopted from Haiti, Sam and Venel Campbell’s stories are oh so Canadian – a frozen pond, family and a love for the game.
On the ice, in the ring or on the diamond, as a player, coach or administrator, Tommy Hamilton left a legacy in Alberta.
With the puck dropped in Beijing, take a look at the Black Canadians who have worn the Maple Leaf at the Olympics.
From losing his mother to moving across the country, Manu Charbonneau has dealt with his fair share of challenges.
He got a late start, but Zimbabwe-born Rashaad Eichenberg is making up for lost time with the Thunder Bay Kings.
Llew Ncwana has had hockey experiences across North America, but his story always comes back to his Ottawa roots.
On the road less travelled
Jermaine Loewen hopes his journey will serve as inspiration for other players of colour who want to live their dreams.
The president and COO talks about the Youth Hockey Inclusion Committee, and making the game more accessible.
From Turks and Caicos to Vancouver Island, 15-year-old Zack Vermeulen is quickly climbing the minor hockey ranks.
The UNO assistant talks getting more Black coaches behind the bench, and advice for the next generation.
The Gatineau defenceman talks about his future, and the role he hopes to play in making hockey more diverse.
Rane Carnegie is carrying on his family’s legacy and working to get his trailblazing grandfather into the HHOF.
Finding a home in hockey
Donovan Tait learned about Canadian culture through hockey. Now he is passing on his life lessons to his community.
Providing a place to play
For more than a decade, Hockey Nova Scotia has been giving young Black players an opportunity to learn Canada’s game.
1-on-1 with Grant Fuhr
The legendary goaltender shares his connection to Alberta, being a multi-sport athlete and helping drive equality.
Thanks to the Hockey Canada Foundation and Scotiabank, eight-year-old J.J. Prokosh is making memories with his mom.
Dear Saroya…
Bookended by Maya Angelou and her poem Phenomenal Woman, Saroya Tinker reads a letter to her younger self.
The mother of 2020 WJC hero Akil Thomas talks about her life as a hockey mom, and what the game has meant to her.
1-on-1 with Cass Vilgrain
The Team Alberta alumna talks about learning from her father and giving back to a game that given her so much.
Léa Borno, a U15 skater in Laval, Que., shares her love for the game and the life lessons hockey has taught her.
The roots of the Colored Hockey League run deep in the game’s past and present, and could help shape the future.
1-on-1 with Jay Sharrers
The first Black official in the NHL talks about mentoring young officials and creating opportunities for minorities.
Perseverance and passion
Not many players have appeared in the Memorial Cup and IPC worlds, but not many have had a career like Kieran Block.
He was the first Black player to sign an NHL contract, but the story of John Utendale goes far beyond the ice.
The first Black player to represent Canada at the Olympics relives his journey, from neighbourhood rinks to Sarajevo.
Tom talks about inclusion
The CEO talks to the Honourable Justice Hugh Fraser on how Hockey Canada is working with the BIPOC community.
Celebrating Black History
From Tony McKegney and Angela James to Akil Thomas, Black athletes have long been part of Team Canada successes.
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