By Valmore James,John Gallagher
Val James turned the 1st African American participant within the NHL whilst he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, and in 1987 he turned the 1st black participant of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Born in relevant Florida, James grew up on new york and got his first pair of skates for his thirteenth birthday. At sixteen, James left domestic to play in Canada, the place he used to be the single black individual in junior and, usually, within the entire city. whereas renowned for his tricky play and profitable character, the teen confronted racist scoffs at opposing arenas, and the unfairness persisted in any respect degrees of the sport. In his NHL stints, James outlined himself as a sensible staff participant and opponent, recognized for his pugilistic skills.
Black Ice is the untold tale of a trail-blazing athlete who persisted and overcame discrimination to gain his desires and turn into an suggestion for destiny generations.
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Black Ice by Valmore James,John Gallagher