Ice Breakers is a documentary from the Film Board Of Canada that reveals the overlooked history of African-Canadians in hockey.

The sport of hockey is a national pastime in Canada, but the sport is dominated by white players. In one of the most diverse Western countries, the sport is an anomaly for not having as many non-white participants. In this documentary, we meet one young black hockey player who’s on his way to going pro. We also meet his enthusiastic father, who is keen for his boy to go all the way.

But his father tells us that his personal experience with hockey as a youngster wasn’t always a positive one. He recalls people shouting racial slurs at him when he was just a kid and experiencing racism at games. He tells us how it was actually black athletes who initially dominated the sport and helped to create many of the rules that are still used today. He’s hopeful for the future, but reveals the harsh reality that African-Canadian’s role in the sport of hockey has often been glossed over in the history books.

Ice Breakers|The Film Board Of Canada|Documentary

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