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Talbot, alumni keep hockey at University of Alabama in Huntsville

Wild goalie helps raise $17 million to preserve sport at collegiate level

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The University of Alabama in Huntsville, along with alumni and supporters, are committing $17 million to preserve and enhance the only NCAA Division I hockey team in the southeastern United States.

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Color of Hockey: Mauldin becomes first Black coach in USNTDP history

Follows example of former Devils assistant Grier, his hometown hero

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Greg Mauldin, the first Black coach in USA Hockey National Team Development Program history.

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Color of Hockey: Kirwan, Jean savor Stanley Cup win with Lightning

Tampa Bay assistants are first Black coaches to be part of NHL championship team

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Tampa Bay Lightning video coach Nigel Kirwan and goalie coach Frantz Jean, the first two Black coaches to be part of a Stanley Cup-winning team.

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James 'very humbled' to be honored as trailblazer by Sabres, NHL

Forward became first U.S.-born Black player in League history 39 years ago

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Val James usually enjoys a quiet celebration of the anniversary of becoming the NHL's first Black player born in the United States on Nov. 1, 1981, by toasting the occasion at home with his wife and remembering his late father, who got him started in the sport.

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Color of Hockey: Fitzhugh honored to be O'Ree's voice in 'Willie'

NHL's first Black team broadcaster excited to do audiobook of Hall of Famer's autobiography

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles Seattle Kraken team broadcaster Everett Fitzhugh, who is the voice of Willie O'Ree for the audiobook of the Hockey Hall of Famer's new autobiography.

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Color of Hockey: O'Ree releases book, not slowing down at 85

NHL's first Black player talks birthday, sharing life story on Soul on Ice: The Podcast

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Happy 85th Birthday Willie O'Ree

NHL wishes Willie O'Ree a happy 85th birthday

Various NHL players, alums and members of the hockey community wish Willie O'Ree a happy 85th birthday

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Willie O'Ree isn't slowing down at 85.

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Color of Hockey: Alphonso brimming with confidence after playoffs

Lone Black NHL on-ice official took step forward with first postseason appearance

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles NHL linesman Shandor Alphonso.

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Color of Hockey: Villegas feels like 'superwoman' on U.S. sled team

Amputee who fled native Venezuela finds outlet, purpose from competition

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he profiles U.S. women's sled hockey player Karina Villegas.

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Hernandez pursuing NHL dreams at Robert Morris

Pittsburgh-area Division I school is latest stop on Miami native's quest

by William Douglas / NHL.com Staff Writer

Randy Hernandez recently savored an unexpected taste of home.

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'Soul on Ice' celebrates fifth anniversary

Director Mason on film that documents past, present, future of Black experience in hockey

by Kwame Damon Mason / Special to NHL.com

When you think about the word "soul," you think about going underneath the surface -- trying to capture something that's always been there, something you can feel, but something no one's ever really seen. In hockey, the Black athlete has often been the soul you never see. Black athletes have shaped hockey from the very beginning, from the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes in the 1890s to the Black superstars in the NHL today.

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