Buddy Maracle’s time in the NHL lasted less than two months in 1931, and when it was over it quickly subsided into the thickets of history. A review of records indicates that, beyond the big league, he played all over North America in a career that lasted nearly 20 years.
What they don’t so readily reveal is why now, 60 years after his death, Maracle is being recognized as a hockey trailblazer. That has to do with something the NHL itself has been reluctant to acknowledge: Maracle’s legacy as the league’s first Indigenous player.
For years, Fred Sasakamoose has been credited as the man who made that breakthrough when he skated as a 19-year-old for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1953. Now 84, Sasakamoose, from Saskatchewan’s Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, has been justly celebrated for his hockey e...
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