Sabres support ‘Breaking Barriers’ to promote diversity in hockey
On Nov. 1, 1981, Val James became the first Black player born in America to appear in an NHL game, as he suited up for the Buffalo Sabres. Learning about Val James inspired Buffalo artist Edreys Wajed to design a Buffalo Sabres “Breaking Barriers” T-shirt for Black History Month.
As Wajed explained to the Sabres website, the design also paid homage to the NBA’s Buffalo Braves, and references Breaking Barriers, a local organization.
You can learn more in the video above, and also in this interview with Wajed.
NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL quadruple header on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S. The day is a highlight of NBC Sports’ NHL coverage in March, which includes 30 games over 30 nights.
NBC Hockey Day in America schedule
Sabres at Islanders – NBC – 12 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk will be on the call for the game at Nassau Coliseum.
Lightning at Blackhawks – NBCSN – 2:30 p.m. ET (Watch live) – John Forslund and Pierre McGuire will be on the call for the game at United Center.
Devils at Bruins^ – NBCSN – 5 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Brendan Burke and Brian Boucher will be on the call for the game at TD Garden.
Rangers at Penguins^ – NBCSN – 7:30 p.m. ET (Watch live) – John Forslund and Pierre McGuire will be on the call for the game at PPG Paints Arena.
(^Blacked out in local markets: Pittsburgh, Boston, New York City)
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