Maracle honoured with Breaking Racial Barriers in the National Hockey League event

Brenda Baughman (left) and Christine Pritchard attended a Toronto ceremony this past week honouring their late uncle, Six Nations member Elmer Maracle, who played 11 games in the NHL.

By Sam Laskaris Writer A former professional player from Six Nations who had to give up his Indigenous status in order to play at the sport’s highest level was among five trailblazers honoured this past week. Elmer Maracle, who was nicknamed Buddy, was among those recognized during the Breaking Racial Barriers in the National Hockey League event staged at Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame. The ceremony was part of a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada event, commemorating players that broke racial barriers to make it to the NHL. A plaque, which will be permanently housed at the hall of fame, was unveiled during the Dec. 7 ceremony, designating the event one of national historic significance under Parks Canada’s National Program of Historical Commemoration. Maracle played 11 games for…

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