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Celebrating Val James

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On This Day: Val James Became NHL’s First African-American Player

On Nov 1st, 1981, barriers were broken and new pathways formed as Val James became the first African-American to play in the NHL. The Buffalo Sabres played the Philadelphia Flyers on home ice, defeating them 6-2 in the early season matchup, and James wore twenty-nine as his number. Fast forward to the present, and the organization is making sure to recognize this accomplishment.
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