Too Colourful for the League

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Too Colourful for the League
Directed by Daniel Cross
Mila Aung-Thwin
Produced by Diversus Productions
Ari Cohen, Evan Beloff, Max Wallace, Daniel Cross
Written by Max Wallace
Release date
Running time
52 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Too Colourful for the League is a 52-minutes 2001 Canadian documentary film made for CBC-TV, directed by Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin and produced by Diversus Productions. The film was produced by Evan Beloff, Ari Cohen and Max Wallace, who were nominated for a Gemini Award for best documentary. It was written by Max Wallace and co-produced by Daniel Cross.

This documentary examines the struggle of blacks in hockey in Canada from the 1930s to the present day telling the story of black players' courage and determination to play in a white-dominated sport.[1] It focuses on an effort by former Montreal citizenship judge Richard Lord to nominate legendary black hockey player Herb Carnegie into the Hockey Hall of Fame. During the 1940s, Carnegie was widely acknowledged as one of the best hockey players in the world, playing alongside Jean Béliveau for the Quebec Aces. Yet he never was allowed to play in the NHL because of a long-time color barrier, which was only broken a decade later by Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins.[2] In the film, veteran Hockey Hall of Fame referee Red Storey recalls watching Carnegie try out for Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe. According to Storey, Smythe turned to him and said, "I'd give $10,000 to turn that boy white."

It was broadcast by CBC, CTV, CBC Newsworld and Canal Plus.

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  1. ^ Harris, Cecil (1 January 2007). "Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey". Insomniac Press. Retrieved 26 April 2017 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "A Hockey Trailblazer Who Missed His Chance". The New York Times. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 

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