Emery helps keep NHL's racial door open
In the first of a series honoring Black History Month, Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery and Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds discuss their paths to the NHL - 2/5
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I appreciate the fact that. You know we we entertain people we. We. Maybe courage kids has to do something. -- -- Healthy with the time they are stars of hockey and men who are part of the continuing evolution of change the in the sport itself. I'm hard nosed type of player I'm honest the same time on my finger on do anything dirty but. North there's something physical it's been done a lot of the first test of what to do it and I think that by itself -- we have some respect and you know I think I'd like to think aggressively especially. From my color or anything like. It was January 1958. When will -- Reid became hockey's answer to Jackie Robinson. But among the thousands of men who represent the NHL's history officials say there have been only approximately seventy black players leading all minority groups. Ray Emery is currently the league's only black goaltender. I've -- A few. Former Blackhawk players trip here. -- Kagan who Hillary. I think that it's definitely. You know encouraging I. And I watched it here put a bit as a kid but. I think the hockey return. It's nice to see people that looked like you can definitely. But disturbing reality still exist as Wayne Simmons experienced in London Ontario during a flyers pre season game in September. As he scored on a penalty shot a banana peel was tossed onto the ice an act that has long symbolized racial intolerance. It's unfortunate side those come up when you move my name's I think there's a lot of other good things I've done that obviously should come up for but. Noticed this unfortunate set of events obviously occurred in the you know. Hockey diversity has made some strides -- -- debut 54 years ago. Through the work about these programs teams are scoring big goals for the sake of the game's future. I am trying to be a big role model for the kids who look up to me you know I figured you know when I was younger guys until -- get -- movie to do they know that I can do myself it takes him. She -- takes you know some different equipment that's going to be hard to come by and expects that a lot of times. You know it's not that accessible so I think it's great thing if you expose kids that.