Every time someone turns down USA Hockey they tweet this graphic and I am loving it. [Image description: a US flag with the words: “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” I said no to USA Hockey to be on their replacement team for the 2017 World Champions in Plymouth, Michigan.]
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!
I just met some nice Canadians in an elevator and naturally we started talking about hockey and I mentioned that I’m a pens fan and the guy literally goes “Sidney Crosby eh?” And it was the most Canadian thing I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life