Minnesota Wild celebrates Black History Month

In late December, in conjunction with the NHL’s annual Winter Classic outdoor game coming to Minneapolis, the league debuted it’s Black Hockey History Mobile Tour, commemorating Black players in the game, past and present. The tour will continue throughout the U.S. this winter and spring.

The Black Hockey History Mobile will be touring across the country to celebrate hockey’s Black players

Notable players of color span the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as some of the amateur and semi-pro teams that either preceded the NHL or provided early opportunities in the game of hockey in markets that were not a part of the premier professional league prior to the 1960s. 

Willie O’Ree is recognized as the NHL’s first Black player. He will have his number 22 jersey retired by the Boston Bruins on January 18, the 64th anniversary of the date of his NHL debut.

Here in Minnesota, Bobby Marshall, better known for his football excellence (he’s a member of the College Football Hall of Fame from his time with the University of Minnesota), was a member of Minneapolis’ championship hockey team, the Wanderers, more than 100 years ago. 

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