With the drop of the puck in Beijing, another Olympic Winter Games is
underway and another chapter of Team Canada hockey history is set to be
written in China.
As part of Black History Month, let’s take a look back at the five Black
athletes who have helped – and are helping – write that history.
1984 – 7GP 2G 2A 4P (4th place)
The trailblazer, Lowe became Canada’s first Black Olympian at the 1984
Games in Sarajevo. The Toronto product scored twice – getting the Canadians
even early in the third period of an eventual 4-2 win over Finland and
counting the game-winner in an 8-1 win over Austria – and added a pair of
assists, putting his name on the scoresheet in each of the first four games
(all Canadian wins).
1988 – 6GP 0G 0A 0P (4th place)
Born in Haiti and raised in Quebec City, Vilgrain was a Team Canada staple
in the mid-1980s, playing 145 games with Canada’s National Men’s Team from
1986-88. That run concluded in Calgary, where he went scoreless in six
games in the home-ice Games.
2002 – 6GP 3G 1A 4P (gold medal)
2006 – 6GP 2G 1A 3P (7th place)
2010 – 7GP 5G 2A 7P (gold medal)
The 2021 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee was front and centre in a pair of
games that will forever have a place in Olympic hockey lore. In 2002, the
St. Albert, Alta., native scored twice and added an assist in a 5-2 gold
medal game win over the U.S. that ended a 50-year drought for Canada. Eight
years later, cries of ‘Iggy! Iggy! Iggy!’ rang in the ears of Canadian fans
set up Sidney Crosby for the Golden Goal in Vancouver.
2014 – 1GP 0G 0A 0P (gold medal)
Has there ever been a better seventh defenceman? As part of a deep Canadian
blue-line, Subban – the reigning Norris Trophy winner – got into just a
single game in Sochi, playing 11:41 in a 6-0 prelim win over Austria.
2018 – 5GP 1G 0A 1P (silver medal)
The first Black woman to wear red and white on the biggest stage in sports,
Nurse netted just a single goal in PyeongChang, but it was a beauty in a
big game – she
wired home the game-winner in a 2-1 preliminary-round victory over the U.S. The Hamilton, Ont.,
product is back for a second Games in Beijing, eyeing a bigger role and a