A few weeks ago I had the absolute honour of interviewing Fred Sasakamoose, the first Aboriginal to play in the NHL. He overcame the impossible as a residential school survivor to play for the Chicago Blackhawks. He even tried to run away from his junior hockey team, the Moose Jaw Canucks because he was "one Indian with 130 white boys". Part 2 of the story airs on @globalnews Saskatoon tonight. While part 1 focused on his journey to the NHL, part 2 looks at how in his lifetime, it's become even harder for Aboriginal youth to succeed in pro sports because of the growing cost and culture.
I'll post the stories on my Facebook page, but tune into Global News at 10 if you can tonight!
Pic 1) Fred and I laughing at the Bert phone case
Pic 2) Fred holding his NHL contract from 1954
Pic 3) Freds player card from his time with the @nhlblackhawks (just original 6 teams at the time)
Pic 4) St Michaels Residential School midget hockey team
Pic 5) close up of NHL contract
Pic 6) Fred holding his jersey from the St Michaels Mallards (or as he likes to say, he was the original Mighty Duck)
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