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Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925 Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Tremendous research and expertise in authorship...Black Ice...is indeed the greatest hockey story ever told! -- Dr. Henry Bishop, Director, The Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia, October, 2004
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Stryker-Indigo Publishing Company, Inc.; 1st edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965116867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965116862
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luke E. Adams on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Being a diehard hockey fan and history teacher, I bought this book wanting to learn more of the history of the game, but the historical perspective of the establishment of blacks in Canada and the development of their communities is a great addition that I did not foresee.

If you are looking for chronicals of the games and league alone, this book is not for you. Only a few chapters are dedicated to these accounts. But, if you can appreciate historical ideas that may challenge your previous assumptions during this era, I would highly recommend, Black Ice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary P. Edwards on March 28, 2014
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I read a review on this book and thought the hockey lovers in our family would enjoy. I was correct. Lots of information on a little heard about subject. They highly recommend it for any sports lovers library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spanken Z on January 28, 2014
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A little long, but very informative. I had no idea that any of this went on way-back-when. I recommend this book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Patt on March 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
i saw the story about this book that was shown on espn. As a student who is pursuing a masters in history and a loyal hockey fan, this book would have been a very interesting/enjoyable read for me. I am disappointed though that I cannot find this book anywhere. what gives amazon? I figured with the promotion of this book seen on espn this book would be readily available. thats not the case. i still hope to someday read this book as the authors have put vast amounts of time and effort in the rearching of this topic to write a great book of history.
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Awesome book, I consider this story as important as Alex Haley's roots in information that was within this small book. There was so much information about the start of a sport that was long thought to be not a sport of color. The book takes you through the history of blacks in the birth of our nation and the pan african movement way before civil rights. The maroons and the indians of Nova Scotia and the burning of the first white house....amazing little book. This is a book related to sports and history that should be read in every american school.
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By Ron Levi on April 5, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
My favorite hockey book of all time. EPSN did a great episode on the story when it was first published. Absolutely loved it and still love it. It reads like a novel at times and like a history lesson at others - always gripping, entertaining, and fascinating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2QZm8llvig
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Uptown777 on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Writing as one who's only watched about 2 complete hockey games in his life (those being Olympic games), I can say that Black Ice transcends the sport of hockey and easily becomes engaging to a person who's relatively indifferent to the sport. Who knew there was a Black hockey league in early 20th century Canada, with players that invented many of the playing strategies still employed in present day hockey?

Black Ice is a thoroughly absorbing human interest story - a fine testament to the human spirit under duress (as in vicious racial persecution) - written in a manner that makes the reader very interested in the subject - it's not necessary to know or care much about the sport of hockey to love this book - it's only necessary to care about intelligent inventive individuals who happen to also be great athletes - highly recommended.

Final Note: happened to see the Fosty brothers on an ESPN feature about this book: well-spoken gents.
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By BEHOLD22 on June 10, 2014
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I am grateful to the author for giving the world a opportunity to learn about African American history that is not taught in schools. This is valuable book that I will past down to my children. BLACK ICE what a Gem!
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