By Cecil Harris
Black hockey avid gamers from provide Fuhr to Jarome Iginla converse candidly for the 1st time approximately their stories within the NHL. for the reason that 1958, thirty-seven black males have performed within the nationwide Hockey League. Out of the six hundred gamers lively this present day, fourteen are black. Breaking the Ice: The Black event in specialist Hockey is the 1st booklet to inform the original tales of black hockey gamers -- how they overcame or succumbed to racial and cultural prejudices to play Canada's favorite hobby.
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I couldn't wait for it to come down," Iginla said with a laugh. "I was saying, 'Come down! ' Finally the puck comes down, and it's just over the goal 31 Cecil Harris line. I was more excited about that goal than the first one because it gave us a two-goal lead. It really took the pressure off. Now guys were on the bench saying, "We're gonna win it! We're gonna win it! " In a jubilant Team Canada dressing room after the 5-2 win, a relieved Gretzky said, "Jarome Iginla is a real special story in that he just got better every game all year long and just earned his way onto this team.
Francis' viewpoint is noteworthy, not merely because he's a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame after five decades as a goalie, coach and general manager, but because he sits on the Hall of Fame selection committee—a group called upon to consider Carnegie's candidacy in 2000. It certainly did not help Carnegie's chances to be elected as a player then, and will not help in the future, if he is regarded by at least one selection committee member as simply a career semi-pro. Asked if Carnegie had been a good enough player to get into the Hall of Fame, Francis said, "You'd have to play in a better category of hockey than that.
After practice the next day, Carnegie wrote, he was summoned by minorleague coach Lynn Patrick, Muzz Patrick's brother, and offered a $3,700 contract to sign with the organization and report to the Rangers' farm club in St. Paul, Minnesota. Again, he refused. The next day, he wrote, Rangers coach Phil Watson offered him $4,700 to sign and play for the team's top farm club, the New Haven Ramblers. He declined the offer while telling Watson he thought himself more than capable of earning a spot on the Rangers roster.
Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey by Cecil Harris