OTTAWA - In recognition of Black Hockey History and in support of the 125th anniversary of the Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes (CHLM), the Ottawa Senators have partnered with the National Hockey League and Black History Ottawa to celebrate Black History Month, which begins on Saturday, Feb. 1.
As part of the celebration, which coincides with Canada Post's unveiling of a commemorative stamp depicting the Coloured Hockey League of the Martimes, the Senators and their partners will host a number of activities in Ottawa from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4.
Lansdowne Park's Aberdeen Pavilion will host the Black History Month showcase, an exhibit celebrating the contributions of black people in Canada, over each of the three days. The showcase will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The showcase features the NHL's Black Hockey History Mobile Museum, a 500-plus square foot museum which is traveling to schools, community rinks and NHL venues throughout the months of January, February and March, and which serves to look back at the founders, trailblazers, history makers and black Stanley Cup champions who helped shape NHL history. It also has a purpose of looking ahead to the next generation of young stars, league officials, broadcasters and women in the game of hockey. The museum also includes representation of every black player in NHL history via a uniquely designed 'Wall of Pucks.'
In addition to Monday's day-long showcase at Lansdowne, which will include Senators interactive games and inflatables, Canadian Tire Centre will host a commemorative CHLM game at 7 p.m. Senators alumni Laurie Boschman, Brad Smyth, Shaun Van Allen and Chris Neil will participate as players while O'Ree and current Senators forward Anthony Duclair will serve as guest coaches.
On Tuesday, when the Senators host the Anaheim Ducks, the NHL's Black History Mobile Museum will be open to fans at the Gate 1 plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. while a special pre-game ceremony will take place with O'Ree and descendants of CHLM players. Black Hockey History themes will be prevalent throughout the game.
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