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10-18-2008, 03:35 PM
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The same Manute Bol that played in the NBA? Sorry, but that's the only one that comes to mind
That is the one. He suited up with the Indianapolis Ice of the CHL:


Mind you he was also the world's tallest jockey:

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10-19-2008, 11:42 AM
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Geoffrion is the first name that comes to mind when you think of the slapshot. Come to think of it my personal thought is had it been used prior to that you think they'd have kept using it no? Oh well. This conversation reminds me of the debate of Mikita or Bathgate and who was credited with inventing the curved blade.

By the way the original question is Willie O'Ree if you are looking just for the first black player in the NHL.

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10-19-2008, 12:26 PM
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This conversation reminds me of the debate of Mikita or Bathgate and who was credited with inventing the curved blade.
It was Bathgate who first showed his curved blade to Hull and Mikita during an off-season series of exhibition games in Europe.
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It was Bathgate who, in the late '50s, first discovered the unique whipping action created by a curved stick blade. To achieve the curve, he soaked his blades in hot water and then bent them in the door jambs of washroom cubicle doors -- three sticks before each game, one for each period.

One night when Bathgate was playing for the Rangers, Mikita and the Hawks hit the Big Apple and Mikita sweet-talked the Rangers' trainer into borrowing one of Bathgate's unique sticks. That night Chicago beat New York, Stan potting several goals with Bathgate's "banana" bladed stick. By season's end both Bathgate and Mikita had stick manufacturers custom-bending their sticks. The rest is history.
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10-19-2008, 12:46 PM
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This thread is the reason why political correctness is rediculous. 1/3 of the people assumed African American meant black guy, 1/3 thought it meant guy with citizenship in an African nation and the US, 1/3 black guy born in the US.

**** political correctness.

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10-19-2008, 01:16 PM
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This thread is the reason why political correctness is rediculous. 1/3 of the people assumed African American meant black guy, 1/3 thought it meant guy with citizenship in an African nation and the US, 1/3 black guy born in the US.

**** political correctness.
Or simple failure to properly define amorphous terms.......

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10-19-2008, 02:57 PM
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This thread is the reason why political correctness is rediculous. 1/3 of the people assumed African American meant black guy, 1/3 thought it meant guy with citizenship in an African nation and the US, 1/3 black guy born in the US.

**** political correctness.
amen brother.

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10-19-2008, 08:51 PM
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Pretty neat where some players were born. Some places I was unaware NHL players were born such as Brunei, Indonesia, Lebanon, Paraguay, Venezuela and Saskatchewan
No one else noticed that?

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10-19-2008, 09:08 PM
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a) Re: the whole political correctness stuff, it's a bit ridiculous, all of my black friends are cool with "black" or "African American" (except for a friend of mine from Jamaica, who gets a bit annoyed when people call him "African American"). Obviously terms that are actually offensive should not be used, but if you get all awkward about using the word "black," it just means you're not comfortable around people of different races, which is not quite racism, but it's somewhat close.

b) What's wrong with using the term "African American" to describe a guy of African descent who was born in Canada? Canada is in the Americas, and I've never heard anyone use the term "African Canadian."

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10-19-2008, 09:24 PM
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No one else noticed that?
Yup. See post #46.

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10-20-2008, 12:59 AM
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Wouldn't that make him an African Canadian?
You know Canada is in North America correct? People in the United States are not the only Americans

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10-20-2008, 10:48 AM
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You know Canada is in North America correct? People in the United States are not the only Americans
So Guatemalans are also "American"? They're in North America too. How about Jamaicans or Haitians?

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10-20-2008, 10:49 AM
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As for all of this over who invented the slapshot....public perception has nothing to do with historical fact. If you ask most people, they believe that Abner Doubleday had something to do with inventing baseball even though there is zero historical fact to support it.

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10-20-2008, 07:20 PM
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Hey gang, Moon Man here. Are we answering the OP's question or just naming random black hockey players?
Andreas Lilja!

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10-20-2008, 07:27 PM
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Hey guys, Moon Man here. So we've gone from firing out random names to arguing over racial and geographical semantics. how cute!

I think it's safe to assume that the OP meant 'first black guy', unless he too is trying to be cute with a trick question. Did he post again in the thread, or is he enjoying a read and a chuckle over pulling your strings? This thread seems to have little point.

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10-20-2008, 07:41 PM
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So Guatemalans are also "American"? They're in North America too. How about Jamaicans or Haitians?
They are american but they are Central Americans. And why would Islands in the middle of the ocean be considered part of the Americas?

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10-21-2008, 03:44 PM
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This thread is the reason why political correctness is rediculous. 1/3 of the people assumed African American meant black guy, 1/3 thought it meant guy with citizenship in an African nation and the US, 1/3 black guy born in the US.

**** political correctness.
I'll second that.

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10-21-2008, 04:01 PM
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I just entered this thread not knowing what to expect.

but I didn't expect it to be so ridiculous. I mean, seriously!!! read the first page.

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11-16-2008, 10:00 PM
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They are american but they are Central Americans. And why would Islands in the middle of the ocean be considered part of the Americas?
Central America is not a continent, it's simply a region of North America. And North America has 23 countries in it, including the likes of Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Belize, and Costa Rica.

You either use the term Americans to refer to people from the United States (which is how it is commonly used), or you use it to refer to all people from America, both North and South. If Canadians are "American", than any country in North or South America must be too right?

It's funny, cause I just saw this mentioned on an article choosing the All-Black hockey team

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11-17-2008, 05:24 AM
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It's funny, cause I just saw this mentioned on an article choosing the All-Black hockey team
The basketball piece is interesting "Whites were once dominant in basketball. Mainly due to segregation and racism, but the league and the Basketball Hall of Fame are littered with former white players."

They changed colour?

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11-17-2008, 09:33 AM
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Pretty neat where some players were born. Some places I was unaware NHL players were born such as Brunei, Indonesia, Lebanon, Paraguay, Venezuela and Saskatchewan
the player born in Indonesia (Richie Regehr) was born to Mennonite missionaries, while he may have been born there he is Canadian... much like his brother Robyn who was born in Brazil

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