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.
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|Grade 7 - Grade 12
|High/Low, Social Studies, Young Adult
|5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, Sports
|James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
|Lorimer Children & Teens
|Number of Pages
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 features the true stories of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them about real issues like racism and sexism. View available downloads →
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