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Trail Blazer – Fred Sasakamoose – Our Inspiration of the Day

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Fred SasaskamooseFred Sasakamoose broke the barrier for generations of indigenous hockey players at all levels of hockey.  In 1953-54 Fred came straight out of junior hockey and suited up for the Chicago Black Hawks.  He played 11 games that season.  He was the first Canadian of first nations descent to play in the NHL.

He continued to play in the minors until 1961, after which he worked to give indigenous youth opportunities to participate in sport.   He was involved in the formation of the Northern Indian Hockey League, the Saskatchewan Indian Summer and Winter Games and the Saskatoon’s All Nations Hockey School.  He also served on the NHL Ethic Diversity Task Force.  He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

He once served as a chief of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, and was a band councillor for more than 30 years. He is an elder now, and teaches youth to hunt and fish and trap, and counsels them about drug and alcohol addiction.

 He also continues to stay fit by walking and lifting weights.

 

 

 

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