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Today, we celebrate Fred Sasakamoose's birthday and his incredible contributions to the game. Fred, the first Indigenous-born athlete to play in the NHL, worked tirelessly to develop of sports programs for Indigenous children in the years after his pro hockey career.

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Fred Sasakamoose was among the many Native children in Canada who were forcibly removed from their families for schooling. He later became one of the first Indigenous athletes to play professional hockey at the highest level.

‘A mighty fine man’: Indigenous hockey pioneer Fred Sasakamoose remembered at funeral #sask 

A funeral service for Indigenous hockey pioneer Fred Sasakamoose will be held Saturday at a #Sask  arena named in his honour

A funeral service for Indigenous hockey pioneer Fred Sasakamoose will be held Saturday at a #Sask  arena named in his honour

Former Chicago Blackhawks player Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous pro hockey players, died Tuesday after he was hospitalized with COVID-19. @waub  spoke to @CBCDay6  about what Sasakamoose means to Indigenous hockey players and fans.

"I have been a journalist for 40 years. I have never had a day like that one with Fred. He died this week from COVID-19 at age 86. I can’t thank him enough for sharing his time with me." @globemartyk  on meeting Fred Sasakamoose, Indigenous NHL trail blazer

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Our thoughts and hearts are with Fred Sasakamoose as he battles COVID-19. Fred was the first Indigenous-born athlete to play in the NHL and has been a long-time leader in the development of sports programs for Indigenous children.

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Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Fred Sasakamoose. The first Indigenous-born athlete to play in the NHL, Fred worked tirelessly to develop of sports programs for Indigenous children in the years after his pro hockey career. He will be greatly missed.

It was an honour to have Fred Sasakamoose take part in our Heritage Classic puck drop last October. Rest easy, Fred.

Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous athletes to play in the NHL, passed away today at age 86 according to his son, Neil. He was hospitalized recently with a case of COVID-19. Condolences to his family.

Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous athletes to play in the NHL, has died at age 86, according to his son, Neil. He was hospitalized recently with a case of COVID-19. Background story:

The #Oilers  are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend & hockey icon Fred Sasakamoose. Fred was the first Canadian Indigenous @NHL  player, he participated in our Celebration of First Nations Hockey & often travelled from Sask to bring kids from his community to games.

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Today we lost a luminary in the hockey world with the passing of Fred Sasakamoose. Fred inspired many across the sport and North America after becoming one of the first Indigenous-born athletes to play in the NHL when he played 11 games with the Blackhawks in the 1953-54 season.

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Keeping former Blackhawk Fred Sasakamoose, the first Indigenous-born athlete to play in the NHL, in our thoughts and prayers as he battles COVID-19. Fred's son Neil has this update:

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We're honoured to have the first Canadian indigenous player Fred Sasakamoose at tonight's ga #Oilerse ! Congratulations to Fred on receiving the fo #OrderOfCanada  his contributions to First Nations sport & culture!

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