How the NHL's First Black Captain Gives Back
From the Series Lorimer Recordbooks
There’s much more to Jarome Iginla’s story than being the first black captain of an NHL team. He is also renowned for his social commitment and generosity off the ice.
“Iggy” grew up in a single-parent household in St. Albert, Alberta. It was thanks to his grandparents that he started to play hockey. His hard work paid off and, in 1996, at the age of 18, Iggy was drafted into the NHL for the Calgary Flames. He went on to become a multiple-award-winning hockey player and two-time Olympic champion. But he never forgot his struggles in his rise to hockey stardom. Today, he plays an important role for many young hockey-loving Canadians by promoting diversity in hockey.
|Interest Level||Grade 7 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Genre||High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diversity, Sports|
|Publisher||Lorimer & Company, Ltd.|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||112|
Author: Nicole Mortillaro
Nicole Mortillaro is a sports editor and writer from Toronto. Her first book in the Recordbooks series was Something to Prove, a biography of hockey player Bobby Clarke.
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Lorimer Recordbooks is a high/low nonfiction series that helps teens understand social issues through the stories of sports heroes. These books feature trailblazing NHL athletes who have overcome racial barriers in their lives and in their careers. View available downloads →