Black History Month

Throughout February, Hockey Canada will celebrate Black History Month with a series of stories and video features that highlight the contributions and accomplishments of Black Canadians at every level of the game.

Video and written content will be featured at and across Hockey Canada’s social media platforms – XInstagram and Facebook.

From coast to coast to coast, we invite all Canadians to learn more about these communities, and how they continue to help shape the story of Canada.


BIPOC program fuels love of the game
The BIPOC Advancing Hockey program is giving kids of colour in Nova Scotia an opportunity to develop their skills alongside other players who “see the world similarly.”
With a new team and a new opportunity, Sean Clarke wants to to erase the memories of 2023 at the Centennial Cup.
After a history-making college career, Sophie Jaques is using her place in the game to inspire the next generation.
The comms manager talks about her journey, working in sports as a minority and advice for the next generation.
Frasers talk hockey culture
Hugh and Mark Fraser talk about their lives in hockey, their positions and how to effect real change in Canada’s game.
During Black History Month, we’re celebrating the next generation of Black Canadians who are becoming rising stars.
Hockey may be her first love, but Sarah Nurse also has a passion for creating content on social media for her fans.
Thanks to the Hockey Canada Foundation, the 12-year-old is flourishing in his first year of U13 AA hockey in Edmonton.
A warm welcome to hockey
Six-year-old Fikemi Adebowal-Olugbamila fell in love hockey after being introduced through the NHL/NHLPA First Shift.
Thanks to two years of tireless work by his grandson, Herb Carnegie finally took his place among the game’s greats.
Adopting hockey
Seventeen years after arriving from Sierra Leone in a Team Canada jersey, Sam Huck is wearing red and white again. 
The coach co-founded the Skillz Black Aces to provide an inclusive team environment for BIPOC players in the GTA.
Meet three young Canadians who recently received Black Girl Hockey Club scholarships as they become leaders in the game.
A program aimed at providing accessibility to minority families had a big impact on Josh Ho-Sang’s journey to Beijing.
Change from the Ground up
Anthony Stewart talks providing access, opportunities and experiences for players at every level of the game.
A new association in Toronto is reaching out to underrepresented communities to let them know – hockey is for you, too.
Adopted from Haiti, Sam and Venel Campbell’s stories are oh so Canadian – a frozen pond, family and a love for the game.
On the ice, in the ring or on the diamond, as a player, coach or administrator, Tommy Hamilton left a legacy in Alberta.
With the puck dropped in Beijing, take a look at the Black Canadians who have worn the Maple Leaf at the Olympics.
From losing his mother to moving across the country, Manu Charbonneau has dealt with his fair share of challenges.
He got a late start, but Zimbabwe-born Rashaad Eichenberg is making up for lost time with the Thunder Bay Kings.
Llew Ncwana has had hockey experiences across North America, but his story always comes back to his Ottawa roots.
On the road less travelled
Jermaine Loewen hopes his journey will serve as inspiration for other players of colour who want to live their dreams.
From Turks and Caicos to Vancouver Island, 15-year-old Zack Vermeulen is quickly climbing the minor hockey ranks.
The UNO assistant talks getting more Black coaches behind the bench, and advice for the next generation.
The Gatineau defenceman talks about his future, and the role he hopes to play in making hockey more diverse.
Rane Carnegie is carrying on his family’s legacy and working to get his trailblazing grandfather into the HHOF.
Finding a home in hockey
Donovan Tait learned about Canadian culture through hockey. Now he is passing on his life lessons to his community.
Providing a place to play
For more than a decade, Hockey Nova Scotia has been giving young Black players an opportunity to learn Canada’s game.
1-on-1 with Grant Fuhr
The legendary goaltender shares his connection to Alberta, being a multi-sport athlete and helping drive equality.
Thanks to the Hockey Canada Foundation and Scotiabank, eight-year-old J.J. Prokosh is making memories with his mom.
Dear Saroya…
Bookended by Maya Angelou and her poem Phenomenal Woman, Saroya Tinker reads a letter to her younger self.
The mother of 2020 WJC hero Akil Thomas talks about her life as a hockey mom, and what the game has meant to her.
1-on-1 with Cass Vilgrain
The Team Alberta alumna talks about learning from her father and giving back to a game that given her so much.
Léa Borno, a U15 skater in Laval, Que., shares her love for the game and the life lessons hockey has taught her.
The roots of the Colored Hockey League run deep in the game’s past and present, and could help shape the future.
1-on-1 with Jay Sharrers
The first Black official in the NHL talks about mentoring young officials and creating opportunities for minorities.
Perseverance and passion
Not many players have appeared in the Memorial Cup and IPC worlds, but not many have had a career like Kieran Block.
He was the first Black player to sign an NHL contract, but the story of John Utendale goes far beyond the ice.
The first Black player to represent Canada at the Olympics relives his journey, from neighbourhood rinks to Sarajevo.
Tom talks about inclusion
The CEO talks to the Honourable Justice Hugh Fraser on how Hockey Canada is working with the BIPOC community.
Celebrating Black History
From Tony McKegney and Angela James to Akil Thomas, Black athletes have long been part of Team Canada successes.
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