A statue honoring Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL, was unveiled Wednesday in Saskatoon.
Sasakamoose did not have a point in 11 games with the Black Hawks in 1953-54. He made his NHL debut Nov. 20, 1953, against the Boston Bruins and played against the Toronto Maple Leafs two days later. He was sent back to Moose Jaw of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League, but was called up for an NHL game at Toronto. Sasakamoose then attended Chicago's training camp in 1954, but was sent to the minors. He played hockey until he retired in 1960.
Chicago pro scout Brigette Lacquette Ojibwe from Cote First Nation attended the statue reveal. The statue is at the main entrance of the SaskTel Centre.
Sasakamoose was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Ten years later, he was invested in the Order of Canada, an honor that recognizes Canadian citizens for outstanding achievement, dedication to community, or service to the nation.