Color of Hockey

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Color of Hockey

by William Douglas,

Matt Pinchevsky is on a hockey path that few have traveled.

The 41-year-old Pembroke Pines, Fla., native was named head coach of the University of Southern Maine’s NCAA Division III men’s hockey team Aug. 16 and, according to NCAA officials, he is the first Black man they can recall to lead a college hockey team in more than three decades.

NCAA officials said the only other Black male hockey head coach they are aware of is Ed Wright, who guided the University at Buffalo (then called the State University of New York at Buffalo) for 12 seasons in two stints from 1970-81 and 1986-87.”

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