Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional by Cecil Harris

By Cecil Harris

Black hockey avid gamers from supply Fuhr to Jarome Iginla converse candidly for the 1st time approximately their stories within the NHL. considering 1958, thirty-seven black males have performed within the nationwide Hockey League. Out of the six hundred gamers lively this day, fourteen are black. Breaking the Ice: The Black event in specialist Hockey is the 1st e-book to inform the original tales of black hockey gamers -- how they overcame or succumbed to racial and cultural prejudices to play Canada's favorite hobby.

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There were only 126 jobs for hockey players in the premier league. No player had an agent, and an NHL players union would not exist until 1967. Hockey teams wielded a mighty hammer in 1948. And if Carnegie, just another nail in the board, truly wanted to fulfill what he had described as a lifelong dream to play in the NHL, then it would have behooved him to get the best deal he could, swallow hard and try to make the best of it. While he is deserving of credit for not jumping at either of the first two lowball offers, he seriously overplayed his hand by turning down the third.

I needed four operations in the next two-and-a-half years. That injury ruined my hockey. I lost my speed. I didn't consider [the injury] a racial thing. I don't. I just beat a guy on a play and he stuck his leg out. Most of the Eastern League players were Canadians. " Dorrington returned to Atlantic City, where he met his wife Dorothie, where their daughter Dorrie was born, where he worked for the Atlantic County Sheriff's Department for twenty years, where he serves on the boards of a local golf club and a baseball umpires association, where he founded a youth baseball organization named after a Negro Leagues great and Hall of Famer John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, where he serves as a goodwill ambassador for the local East Coast Hockey League team called the Boardwalk Bullies, and where he founded and operates a self-named foundation devoted to providing free hockey equipment and instruction, academic guidance and social services to inner-city youth.

He signed as a center fielder with the Boston Braves' organization and played on the major league baseball club's farm teams in Watertown and Wellsville, New York. "I didn't have one week off in '51," he said with a throaty laugh. "I went right from a hockey uniform to a baseball uniform. " Dorrington was spared the indignity of the segregated hotels and restaurants in Myrtle Beach that year, but he encountered those odiously racist restrictions in most other American cities he visited in the 1950s.

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