Presentation Title

Hockey and the Black Experience

Presenter Information

Bob Dawson


Room 306, School of Social Work

Start Date

29-9-2018 1:15 PM

End Date

29-9-2018 2:00 PM

Presentation Types


Bio Statement

Born in Dartmouth, NS, Bob Dawson became the “first Black” to play in what was then the Atlantic Intercollegiate Hockey League (AIHL). As a result, he was often the target of racial slurs by opposing players and spectators. While at Saint Mary’s, Bob helped the Huskies win consecutive AIHL conference championships in 1969, 1970 and 1971, and represent the league in each of those years at the Canadian Intercollegiate Hockey Championships.

Bob has written numerous articles on blacks in various sports, especially hockey. He also has appeared on local TV and radio shows to talk about issues on blacks and hockey. In 2015, Bob was awarded the John G. Dennison Award for excellence in the study, preservation and promotion of Canadian black history and heritage.

He is also one of the founding members of the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Conferences in Dartmouth, NS. In his spare time, Bob serves as a family advisor to aspiring black hockey players.


Sep 29th, 1:15 PM Sep 29th, 2:00 PM

Hockey and the Black Experience

Room 306, School of Social Work