Coloured Hockey League

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Coloured Hockey League, 1910

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. The league operated for several decades lasting until 1930.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] In their book Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925, historians George and Darril Fosty also claim that the first player to use the slapshot was Eddie Martin of the Halifax Eureka in 1906.[3]

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  1. ^ Black hockey hall of fame proposed for Dartmouth, CBC Sports, August 26, 2006
  2. ^ Wyshynski, Greg, The real roots of hockey,, September 12, 2006
  3. ^ a b Martins, Daniel, Hockey historian credits black player with first slapshot, CanWest News Service, January 31, 2007
  4. ^, Garth Vaughan © 2001

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