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Wed, 11.15.1950

The First Black Hockey Player Signs an NHL Hockey Contract

Arthur Dorrington

On this date in 1950, the first Black signed a professional hockey contract.

Arthur Dorrington, a native of Nova Scotia, served with the U.S. Army and after service, signed with one of the New York Rangers farm clubs in 1950. He chose instead to play for the Atlantic City Seagulls of the Eastern League, leading them to a league championship in 1951.

After a career-ending injury, he built a second profession as an officer in the Atlantic County Sheriff's Department.

To become a Professional Athlete

Reference:

Sportmanagment Hub.com

Black Ice:
The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925.
by George and Darril Frosty
Stryker-Indigo Publishing Co., Inc./NY
ISBN 0-9651168-1-7

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