ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Ahead of the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, several pieces of hockey history are on display around town.
One of them is a traveling museum that’s part of the NHL Black Hockey History Tour.
Hundreds of students from City Academy got the chance Thursday to get a close-up look hockey history.
“Having this here for them to understand the impact and exposure athletes of color have had on nhl is really incredible for them to see,” said Nikki Doughty with the academy. “So they can see reflections of themselves in a sport they may otherwise not have access to.”
Kwame Mason is the co-curator of the museum, and said hockey has always had diverse faces but they haven’t been celebrated in the past.
“The game of hockey has always been diverse, maybe not just as inclusive,” Mason said. “So black athletes, Hispanic athletes, Asian athletes have always played the game of hockey. It’s just the exposure that hasn’t been as great as we’d like it to be.”
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