Coloured Hockey League

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Coloured Hockey League
Coloured Hockey League, 1910
Sport Ice hockey
Countries Canada
Continent North America

The Coloured Hockey League was an all-black ice hockey league founded in Nova Scotia in 1895,[1] which featured teams from across Canada's Maritime Provinces.[2][3] The league operated for several decades lasting until 1930.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

With as many as a dozen teams, over 400 African Canadian players from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island participated in competition.[13] The Coloured Hockey League is credited by some as being the first league to allow the goaltender to leave his feet to cover a puck in 1900. This practice was not permitted elsewhere until the formation of the National Hockey League in 1917. In their book Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925, historians George and Darril Fosty state that the first player to use the slapshot was Eddie Martin of the Halifax Eureka in 1906.[14][9][15]

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  2. ^ Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora located in Canada. 2009-03-26. p. 82. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
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  6. ^ Bob Dawson. "Report : Panel Discussions on Aspects of Black Hockey and the Black Ice Project" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
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  8. ^ "Greg Wyshynski :: NHL Hockey Rumors, Trades, Breaking News and more". The Fourth Period. 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  9. ^ a b Drake, Matt (2014-03-28). "Being black in the NHL: From breaking the colour barrier to the Norris trophy - Eyes On The Prize". Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Black league significant in history | The Chronicle Herald". 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  11. ^ Joe Lapointe. "On eve of NHL draft, Seth Jones poised to take hockey to new heights". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  12. ^ Cecil Harris. Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey. p. 195. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  13. ^ Martins, Daniel, Hockey historian credits black player with first slapshot Archived March 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., CanWest News Service, January 31, 2007
  14. ^ Drake, Matt (28 March 2014). "Being black in the NHL". Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  15. ^ C. Keith Harrison, Ed.D; Brad Brady, M.A., M.S.; Philip E. Hamilton, B.A.; Alicia Valdez, B.A. "Hockey: Barriers to Crossing the Color Line: the Neglected Story of the Pioneering Players" (DOC). Retrieved 2016-10-28.