Thompson Rivers University

Cancelled: Fred Sasakamoose: the NHL’s first Indigenous player

Due to illness, this event has been cancelled.

TRU Faculty Association presents an inspiring documentary about Fred Sasakamoose, the first Indigenous player to break into the NHL.

Fred Sasakamoose, 85, will also be on hand to say some words, answer questions and sign memorabilia.

The film Chief Thuderstick was created by Rae-Ann Sasakamoose and has been touring the country in large and small venues.

The event is being presented by TRUFA’s Decolonization, Reconciliation & Indigenous Committee and is part of the Indigenous Speaker Series.

Though Sasakamoose only played 11 games in the NHL during the latter part of the 1954 season and with the Chicago Blackhawks, he paved the way for future Indigenous youth. Sasakamoose continues to speak, inspire and in 2017 received an Order of Canada. To commemorate that honour, the Edmonton Oilers had him do a ceremonial faceoff in Edmonton between the Oilers and Blackhawks.

Of Cree heritage from Ahtahkakoop reserve in Saskatoon, Saskamoose made his debut on Saturday, Feb. 27, 1954 against the Toronto Maple Leafs when the NHL was six teams.