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Blake Bolden Is the First Black Woman to Play Professional Ice Hockey

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Blake Bolden Is the First Black Woman to Play Professional Ice Hockey

By Imani Bashir via https://www.oprahmag.com/

“I was the only girl on the team, and the only Black person overall, so I had to push through.”

At the age of 25, Bolden became the first Black woman to play professional ice hockey, with her debut in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Since then, Bolden has become a three-time NWHL All-Star and 2019’s NWHL Defensive Player of the Year. She also holds the honor of having the fastest slapshot in the game,

a move in which a player strikes the puck in a sharp, sweeping motion. After playing for the Boston Pride, the Buffalo Beauts, and Switzerland’s HC Lugano, the 29-year-old now applies her acumen as a full-time hockey scout for the Los Angeles Kings.

Bolden’s path to athletic stardom was unusual, especially compared …

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