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Hockey Things: What Caught Our Eye Last Week (May 9 Edition)

Akim Aliu has a book on the way, the Battle of Alberta made its way to Texas and Patrice Bergeron's family made a special appearance, too. Avry Lewis-McDougall looks back at the week that was.

Akim Aliu has a book on the way, the Battle of Alberta made its way to Texas and Patrice Bergeron's family made a special appearance, too. Avry Lewis-McDougall looks back at the week that was.

Akim Aliu's Work Continues

Akim Aliu can add the title of co-author to his list of accomplishments. 

The veteran player and co-founder of The Hockey Diversity Alliance announced the launch of his new graphic novel based on his life, set to be released next February. 

The book is titled Akim Aliu Dreamer: Growing Up Black in the World of Hockey and co-authored by Haitian-American author Greg Anderson Elysée and will be published by Scholastic and Kaepernick Publishing (created by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick). The book will tell the story of Akim's journey, from being raised in a Ukrainian-Nigerian family to assimilating to Canadian culture and dealing head-on with hazing and racism within hockey.

The reception to the news of the book has been overwhelmingly positive and is already one of the most pre-ordered releases on Amazon.

The Battle of Alberta has no geographical limits

If you watched Game 3 of the Dallas Stars-Calgary Flames series, you may have noticed a handful of blue and orange Oilers jerseys in the crowd, too. 

Taylor Riar and Allie Larson let it be known where their hockey allegiance stood while standing united with an old playoff rival from the late 90s and early 2000s. 

No matter the era or the location, Oiler fans and Flames fans will take any chance they get to let everyone know that this rivalry will always be ongoing. 

Patrice Bergeron makes press conferences a family affair

After Boston's 5-2 win to even up their series with the Carolina Hurricanes, Patrice Bergeron brought some friendly faces along to his media availability.

After a hard-fought battle, it's always cool when players show just how important their family is to them.

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