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Fred Sasakamoose (2020), indigenous NHL trailblazer

by Kirk Fox

Fred Sasakamoose was one of the first indigenous players in the NHL.

  • Died: Tuesday, November 24, 2020. (Who else died on November 24?)
  • Details of death: Died at the age of 86 from symptoms of COVID-19.
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NHL Trailblazer

Fred Sasakamoose was one of the first indigenous athletes to play in the NHL. He laced up the skates for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1953-1954 season, playing in a total of 11 games. Most of his career as a player in hockey was spent in the minor leagues. Sasakamoose, a Cree, was an inspiration for indigenous hockey players in Canada, and he was known for the Fred Sasakamoose “Chief Thunderstick” national championship for young indigenous hockey players. He became a member of the Order of Canada in 2018.

Tributes to Fred Sasakamoose

Full Obituary: Chicago Tribune

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