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I was the first United States born black hockey player!!
Valmore Curtis James was born on February 14th, 1957 in Ocala, Florida. James was later raised on Long Island, New York. Val James was the first United States born black player to play hockey. He played for Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. Val James has not died, he is 59 years old.
The biggest accomplishment made by Valmore Curtis James was becoming the first U.S. born black hockey player. He not only showed courage, but also showed that even if you are not white you can still play hockey. Val James had a total of 63 points while his years of playing in hockey. He changed the game of hockey when he put his first skate onto the ice. Unfortunately he had a career ending shoulder injury that took him out of hockey.
Val James is important to black history month and the game of hockey. Being the first black hockey was extremely considering the time period of segregation. He is important because of what he did to help other black people become hockey players. Val James was a an important role in letting black people become hockey players. He could've been an even bigger influence had his shoulder not of been injured.
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