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Black Ice - The Val James Story

Val James

Val James became the first African American player in the NHL when he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, and in 1987 he became the first black player of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Born in central Florida, James grew up on Long Island and received his first pair of skates for his 13th birthday. At 16, James left home to play in Canada, where he was the only black person in junior and, often, in the whole town. While popular for his tough play and winning personality, the teenager faced racist taunts at opposing arenas, and the prejudice continued at all levels of the game. In his two NHL stints, James defined himself as a smart team player and opponent, known for his pugilistic skills. Black Ice is the untold story of a trail-blazing athlete who endured and overcame discrimination to realize his dreams and become an inspiration for future generations.

Val James became the first African American player in the NHL when he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, and in 1987 he became the first black player of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Born in central Florida, James grew up on Long Island and received his first pair of skates for his 13th birthday. At 16, James left home to play in Canada, where he was the only black person in junior and, often, in the whole town. While popular for his tough play and winning personality, the teenager faced racist taunts at opposing arenas, and the prejudice continued at all levels of the game. In his two NHL stints, James defined himself as a smart team player and opponent, known for his pugilistic skills. Black Ice is the untold story of a trail-blazing athlete who endured and overcame discrimination to realize his dreams and become an inspiration for future generations.
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Val James became the first African American player in the NHL when he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, and in 1987 he became the first black player of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Born in central Florida, James grew up on Long Island and received his first pair of skates for his 13th birthday. At 16, James left home to play in Canada, where he was the only black person in junior and, often, in the whole town. While popular for his tough play and winning personality, the teenager faced racist taunts at opposing arenas, and the prejudice continued at all levels of the game. In his two NHL stints, James defined himself as a smart team player and opponent, known for his pugilistic skills. Black Ice is the untold story of a trail-blazing athlete who endured and overcame discrimination to realize his dreams and become an inspiration for future generations.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Gallagher, Korey Jackson

Length:

5h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:25