I’m more than just a 27-year-old guy who’s spent the past week calling Hong Kong, trying to score the director’s cut of WHAT A GIRL WANTS. I also try to have a social conscience.
Like I readily acknowledge that hockey is a sport mainly played and watched by white people. But more and more, you’re seeing non-whites play and thrive in the NHL. Whereas even 10 years ago it was probably shocking to see a black player, now it’s rare but not unheard of. College hockey is still pretty white, but it’s slowly, slowly getting more diverse. Now Boston College has Brett Peterson, a defensman who happens to be black. The Boston Globe tells his story here. Peterson sort of fell into hockey, and he’s had to deal with the usual racist crap that plagues any new type of person trying to break into a uniracial field. But he’s stuck with it, he’s good, and he’s getting different people to look at professional and college hockey.
I found out about Peterson looking for information on Merrimack College goalie Joe Exeter. Exeter was hurt in a collision with BC forward Patrick Eaves back in March. The March 24, 2003 issue of Sports Illustrated had a nice piece on the accident. Exeter continues to improve.