Phoenix sophomore wants to inspire future Indigenous hockey players – Sherbrooke Record

Phoenix sophomore wants to inspire future Indigenous hockey players – Sherbrooke Record

by ahnationtalk on August 4, 202036 Views

Israel Mianscum was left speechless last week when he watched Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear sporting a name bar in Cree syllabics during a National Hockey League (NHL) exhibition game.

“It meant a lot to see him on a stage like that, especially that there aren’t many Cree players in the NHL and to just wear his name and represent who he is, words can’t describe what it meant to me,” Mianscum said in a phone interview with The Record.

The 17-year-old plays for the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Phoenix selected him 10th overall in the QMJHL draft in 2019. The young forward is also born and raised in Mistissini, a Cree community of around 4,000 people.

“Growing up it’s really hard to play hockey here because you’re so limited from everything and like just to lead the way and doing that was just amazing to see,” he said, adding that it was a positive step forward for hockey in general.

Read More: https://www.sherbrookerecord.com/phoenix-sophomore-wants-to-inspire-future-indigenous-hockey-players/

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