tonight is Native American Heritage Night at Staples Center, so in honor of that i just sorta threw this post together right before i had to leave for that game. this is mostly stuff i knew off the top of my head tho so if any of y’all know anything else, please feel free to add it! edit: check out the second post i made on this subject!
there are currently 10 native american players in the nhl; 6 play in the western conference, only 4 play in the east
the players include Jordan Nolan and Dwight King (LAK), Kyle Chipchura (ARI), Rene Bourque (COL), Micheal Ferland (CGY), Jordin Tootoo (CHI), Vernon Fiddler (NJD), Carey Price (MTL), T.J. Oshie (WSH), and Cody McCormick (BUF)
most of the players are either Metis or Ojibwe: Bourque, Chipchura, Fiddler, & King: Metis Ferland: Cree McCormick: Oneida & Chippewa/Ojibwe Nolan: Ojibwe & Maliseet Oshie: Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Price: Ulkatcho First Nation
Oshie is the only American-born native out of the 10. all the rest are Canadian natives
Price and Oshie are the only 2 to play for their respective countries at the Olympics, while Chipchura, Tootoo, and Bourque have played internationally in other competitions
Tootoo having to play with the Blackhawks is cruel and unusual punishment of the worst sort
Fiddler shares a birthday with me (and Steve Yzerman)
Oshie’s name in the Ojibwe language is “Keeway Gaaboo,” which means “coming home”
Tootoo’s name in Inuktitut is written as ᔪᐊᑕᓐ ᑐᑐ and his middle name, Kudluk, means “thunder”
Ferland, Price, King, and Nolan are the only players who haven’t played for multiple NHL teams
Nolan and King are the only two Stanley Cup champions out of the 10 while Fiddler and Chipchura were Calder Cup champions (in 2004 and 2007 respectively)
Jordan Nolan after both Stanley Cup victories:
also, to any other native nhl/hockey fans out there: reblog this and tag what tribe(s) you are; i wanna see how many of us there are and how many different cultures we represent!
Because my dashboard is taking fancy to discussing racist sports teams, I may as well defend my pride and joy.
“Your favorite team is the Blackhawks”
Yes, yes it is.
“THAT IS SO FUCKING RACIST.”
Nah Fam. That organization is the furthest from racist. There’s a reason nobody bitches about them.
First off, what’s in a name?
The Chicago Blackhawks, formally styled as Black Hawks, weren’t named directly after Chief Black Hawk. Rather, the original owner of the franchise, Frederic McLaughlin, was a commander in the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry during WW1, which was nicknamed the Blackhawk Battalion. This was nicknamed off the Chief for mentioned above, however, not directly. Yet, it was still styled as Black Hawk, until documentation showed that the Battalion spelling of the nickname was one word.
“It’s still racist. Look at the logo!”
Okay. Let’s look at the logo. Actually, why not an evolution of the logo? The wife of the owner, Irene, drew out the logo in black and white, in 1927, styling how the Saux tribe chiefs, where Chief Black Hawk was from, would have it. No exaggerated features, nothing mocking. Just a strong drawing. Now, 1936-1937, was absolutely racist. However, as seen, that logo lasted a year at most, and even for the time, where that kind of depiction was seen as okay, it was still removed, out of respect for the tribe and the namesake.
So, in the next generation of logo, we start seeing a more modern feel of the logo we know and love. The skin was given a more realistic color, as well as the hair and feather stylization. From there, extra additions were removed, the style was cleaned up a bit, bolded, and by 1965, the logo we are quite familiar with, was born.
No red skin, no goofy face, nothing obnoxious. Just a respectable and serious logo.
“BUT RACIST. APPROPRIATING CULTURE.”
At many sports games, when there is a Native American named team, you often hear drums beating, a warrior cry, perhaps a native mascot dancing around with a tomahawk, maybe fighting against the other mascot.
Go to a Hawks game. We play Chelsea Dagger. We have our signature air horn. Our players even have signature goal songs. There is nothing remotely taken from any Native American culture in our games.
“BUH THE LOGO-”
-is treated with the utmost respect. On the floor of the locker room, our lovely logo lays on the floor. If you step on it, you pay a fine of $10,000, donated directly to Native American charities. Try us. Not even Bieber was immune to this. Speaking of charities, the Wirtz family, the current owners of the franchise, is the largest donor to the American Indian Center of Chicago, which helps those of native and aboriginal decent in the state. That’s just one charity. Plus, as a bonus, for every game in the regular season and every round of the playoffs, there will always be a native veteran in watching, often standing for the national anthem on ice. It is because of everything mentioned above, the Blackhawks have nothing but respect in the eyes of those who grant them the moniker.
So, now that this was taken care of, when one of you guys inevitably tries to hop on a bandwagon to shit on the Chicago Blackhawks, you cannot claim ignorance in claiming that you don’t know the history of this logo and team. Take down teams that regularly diminish culture and history. Leave this team out of it.
fifa is really out there trying to ruin football once and for all first they ruined the world cup and now they want to take away the offside rule, no yellow cards like in ice hockey and no penalties….like what’s the point of watching football if it gonna end up being like hockey and american football? there’s gonna be no excitement anymore? honestly wtf