By Michael Boriero
Local Journalism Initiative
It took decades of breaking down systemic barriers, as well as petitions, editorials, and support from former National Hockey League (NHL) players, but on June 27, Herb Carnegie was finally elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, cementing himself in the sport’s history.
Carnegie played hockey in the 1940s and 1950s. He was one of the first Black hockey players to play the sport professionally. However, he was never able to crack an NHL roster because of the colour of his skin. He is often regarded as the best Black player never to play in the NHL.
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