The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2022 on Monday and it features a number of hockey greats.
Herb Carnegie is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. Carnegie was a black Toronto-born hockey player who played in Ontario and Quebec throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s, but never made it to the NHL due to racism in the game.
He almost made the NHL back in 1948 when the New York Rangers invited him to training camp. Carnegie was eventually offered a contract to play for their minor league team, but it was less than what he made playing on Sherbrooke St. Francis, so he declined.
Carnegie, though, was argued to be the “first Black Canadian hockey star” and “the best Black player to never play in the NHL,” according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.
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“He believed, like many, that his African heritage was the sole reason he was unable to break into the league. In several interviews, he recalled being devastated by the alleged (and widespread) remark by Maple Leafs boss Conn Smythe that he would sign Carnegie if only someone could ‘turn him white.’”
During his last year of hockey, Carnegie founded one of Canada’s first hockey schools called Future Aces.
He eventually became a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for his work training young hockey players. Carnegie also wrote a book called “Future Aces Creed” and created the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation which “affects the lives of more than 100,000 students annually across Ontario.”
Carnegie unfortunately passed away back in …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation