An interesting bit of hockey history is set to unfold in Philadelphia tonight. For the first time ever, two First Nations head coaches will square off when Craig Berube’s Flyers host Ted Nolan’s Buffalo Sabres.
Tonight’s meeting is no small matter for the men involved or the minority they represent.
“It’s huge,” Nolan, an Ojibwa, told Philly.com on Wednesday. “The significance of it is not really what it means to me, or Craig Berube, but what it means when you think of what our ancestors went through.”
“It’s pretty cool,” added Berube, who is part Cree.
“These coaches are real trailblazers in sport, especially in the NHL,” Peter Dinsdale, chief executive officer of the Assembly of First Nations, told Philly.com. “It’s remarkable, given all the barriers that exist for First Nations peoples.”