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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!