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One of the top NHL prospects of the 1940s, racism sidelined the career Herb Carnegie. But that didn’t stop him from giving back.
Since 1893, thousands have competed for the right to have their name on the Stanley Cup. But one legendary hockey player never got the opportunity to do so. During the 1940s, Toronto-born Herbert Carnegie emerged as one of the rising stars in professional hockey, but as a black man, NHL teams, including the Maple Leafs, refused to sign him on the basis of race.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Carnegie grew up playing pond hockey in Willowdale. He eventually played junior A hockey for the Toronto Young Rangers, where legendary Leafs coach claimed that he would sign him “tomorrow” if he weren’t black.
The decision left Carnegie “shattered”, but he did end up playing for a semi-pro team in Quebec—with two other over-achieving black hockey players and future NHL hall-of-famer Jean Beliveau.
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