Growing up in St. Albert, Alta, Jerome Eginella felt nothing different than his hockey-loving peers. But as a Nigerian father and American mother, she occasionally reminded me that she was.
The other kids weren’t too many black players in the NHL and would ask them: How could Jerome react to that?
It was in these moments that Femer’s newly minted hockey hall received additional praise for the trailblazers that broke into it.
“I was phased out as a child,” Aiginla said Wednesday after running in the first year of his qualification. “Like I wanted to be like Mark Messier and I liked Wayne Gretzky just like the other kids. But it was also special for me to see the black players in the NHL. To see Grant Fuhr starring (for Wallers), be able to tell other people, ‘Well look at Grant Fuhr, he’s an all-star’ and to see Claude Willgreen and Tony McKegany, other kids can get answers.
“It was very important to me after following my dream.”
Oh, the places that the dream helped carry him.
Ignila became the heart and soul of the Calgary Flames, a 50-goal scorer who is equally fond of flashing competitive lines when needed. At the 2002 Olympics, Tom Canada ended a 50-year gold medal drought in men’s hockey by telling Sidney Crossby, “Iggy! In 2010 for the whole nation.
And soon, on 16 November, the Hockey Hall of Fame has included a schedule of inclusion ceremonies, or one more stage after the cornovirus epidemic is allowed, to become the fourth black hole after Ignela Fuhr, Angela James and Willie O’Reilly.
“It’s a matter of honor in many ways, but I also think that if other kids – other minorities, other black kids grow up – and see if it’s possible.” “Perhaps it will be special to the kids in a different way than it was to me.”
Calls like Lani MacDonald, chairman of the Six Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon, always bring emotion and reflection. Parents and partners and teammates and coaches who think that lend a helping hand along the way.
Heroes and guiding lights too.
Marian Hossa spoke of the thrill of bringing two of his childhood statues – Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux – and playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Lemieux in 2006.
Kevin Lowe recalls growing up in Quebec, watching Montreal Canadians in the 1900s watching the Stanley Cup parade on the streets every year and how it aroused their desire to follow the lead.
Doug Wilson mentioned the influence of his brother Moore, who won four championships with these hab teams and called him “the better big brother than you”.
Why Holland will join as a hall builder and briefly reconsider the story of becoming an Electrolux vacuum salesman after the end of his nine-year proform career – Jim Develanano hired a scout who led the Detroit Red Wings for 22 years.
“How fun life is,” Holland said.
Then there was Kim St.-Pierre, the eighth woman selected for the hockey hall, understandably thrilled. Longtime Canadian national team goalkeeper Cuiar grew up in Chatugue, where female hockey players had to play in boys ’teams before competing in the Olympics and World Championships, and at the age of 18.
His first hockey hero was Patrick Roy. He was later inspired by Manon Ryum’s fall.
“Being an only girl has never been easier,” said St. Pierre, a three-time Olympic gold medalist. “I want to thank my parents. They said, ‘Okay you want to play hockey, we’ll support you if you play the only girl hockey in my town.’ I started playing and soon I became a goalie. In my second year I saw goal tools in the middle of the house and I don’t know why – I fell in love with the tools, even though it was brown and it was nothing as interesting as it is today.
“I lost my first game. It was weird. I didn’t want to play hockey anymore, but my parents knew I was very interested in it, so they gave me a second chance and we couldn’t look back. ”
Ignila had the good fortune to grow up in the Edmonton suburbs during the time of Gregzki, Messier, Paul Coffey and Zari Curie. You know, the Hall of Famer has a partner now. He was also a big fan of Fuhr and cherished the image of the Welsh goalkeeper in a baseball diamond when he was about ten years old.
The other shot he made at his home appeared on Sports Illustrated when he was a teammate of Fuhr and Fred Brathwaite in Calgary in the 1999-2000 season. Ignela Fহhrer played in the last NHL game and that picture has also become a valuable monument.
“I look at it all the time, and it means a lot to me,” Igenela said.
Here he is now, son of St. Albert.
The man who met his heroes and became so many heroes. Having been on the road for ten or 15 or 20 years, Hall of Favors is talking about the way he helped her build her faith.
“While Willie O’Reilly, at the Hall of Fame, I think it’s so appropriate.” I didn’t have to feel anything close to what I had to do, and I’m extremely grateful for his courage in blowing up the path we follow. “