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Residential school hockey players recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame

Residential school hockey players recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame

A hockey team in Manitoba completely made from residential school survivors are headed to the hall.

A special collection of artifacts from the team is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Toronto.

The items include jerseys, banners and special memorabilia from the Sagkeeng Oldtimers team.

The team was formed in 1978 by Walter Fontaine, and Verna Fontaine, who both spent about nine years in residential school.

The team was made up of players from the Sagkeeng First Nation community ranging from 35 to over 50 years old, most of the players are also residential school survivors.

The team played in tournaments across Canada and the United States as well as Denmark, Germany, England, and France.

They also hold titles in the 1987 world cup, 1989 world cup, and the 1987 Canadian National Cup.

Darlene Ahmo is the daughter of Walter and Verna and she donated all the equipment to the hall.

Ahmo will be personally delivering the artifacts to Toronto.

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