The Colored Hockey League of Maritimes in Nova Scotia was formed in 1894 across the provinces of Canada 22 years before the National Hockey League. The first all-black ice hockey league held over a dozen teams and employed over 400 African-Canadian players. The men were typically natives from the Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island areas. The league was especially surprising amid the stereotypical beliefs of whites that blacks couldn't endure cold climates or that blacks didn't have ankles strong enough to ice skate.
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