By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
With the National Hockey League (NHL) under the microscope as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement, Rane Carnegie was compelled to once again put his grandfather, Herb Carnegie, back in the conversation for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Herb played hockey in the 1940s and 1950s, suiting up for teams in Shawinigan and Sherbrooke before eventually finding a home on the Quebec Aces in the Quebec Senior Hockey League (QSHL). He was also a member of the well-known all-Black line playing alongside his brother Ossie Carnegie and Manny McIntyre for the Sherbrooke Rand.
Herb was one of the first Black hockey players to play the sport professionally. However, he never got a shot in the NHL, due to overt anti-Black discrimination. Carnegie believes his grandfather, who passed away in 2012, deserves posthumous recognition.