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Q&A: Before Morgan State screening, 'Soul on Ice' director discusses blacks in hockey

Q&A: Before Morgan State screening, 'Soul on Ice' director discusses blacks in hockey

Growing up in hockey-crazed Toronto in the late 1970s, Damon Kwame Mason adored Guy Lafleur, a Montreal Canadiens star and eventual Hockey Hall of Famer. So, being a kid, he pretended to be him in games of road hockey.

“No, you can’t be Lafleur,” one kid told him, Mason recounted to The Hockey News, because Lafleur was white. And Mason wasn't. He wasn't upset, but he felt limited, and as his friends became predominantly black, he dropped the sport altogether.

He would grow up to be a radio personality, until 2012, when...

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