Olympic Hockey’s Abby Roque Wants More Indigenous People on the Rink

1/22/2022 2:54:00 AM

Abby Roque, the first Indigenous player on a U.S. women's ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics, had a lot to say about making hockey more accessible to Indigenous kids.

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Abby Roque, the first Indigenous player on a U.S. women's ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics, had a lot to say about making hockey more accessible to Indigenous kids.

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“And I think that's a big piece of what a lot of programs, and a lot of people in hockey are realizing is the issue with it,” Roque continued, “is that it was never that welcoming to people who aren't white, and even girls, for a long time. It wasn't a welcoming community. It was more of a white boys club kind of sport, where if you could afford it, you could play.”

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Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee, the former Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, says the name “hockey” may come from an Indigenous way to say “ow” or “ouch”’: “ooglee.” Indigenous peoples played the game on an icy pond — using sticks to pass around a frosty horse turd, which was painful when it hit your shin." Taufatofua says he has not heard from his dad since the eruption. And lacrosse and other games were used to settle differences between Indigenous peoples without bloodshed, Madahbee said. I mean if we went to a restaurant, he would talk to all of the waiters, the waitresses. That history, though, hasn’t translated to representation in modern hockey..  More From My New Favorite Olympian Olympic Hopeful Timothy LeDuc Is Changing the Rigid Gender Roles in Pairs Figure Skating Roque comes from a hockey family; her dad is Toronto Maple Leafs scout Jim Roque. He is now in a long-term relationship.

She’s personally felt accepted and welcomed into the hockey world — even prior to college, when she was the only girl on a team full of boys in high school. among other things. She also said that because Saget “knew how hard life can be” given he went through “so much in his life,” he believed in spreading the message to “treat everybody with kindness. (They made a small girl’s locker room just for her.) But despite that acceptance, Roque feels hockey hasn’t been very accessible for other BIPOC folks.. On the one hand, it’s expensive to get involved — so you have young athletes who are disproportionately from wealthy families that can afford pounds of gear. He was just so kind and so wonderful, and everybody that was in his life knew it. The average Indigenous family makes $23,000 a year , according to the Institute for Policy Research. he has competed in 3 Olympics. By all means tell the girlfriend, particularly if she has a daughter.

“The game is just — it is complicated and…it was never that inviting of a sport I think, unless you felt like you were an insider,” Roque said. “And I think that's a big piece of what a lot of programs, and a lot of people in hockey are realizing is the issue with it,” Roque continued, “is that it was never that welcoming to people who aren't white, and even girls, for a long time. “He put it all out there,” she said. It wasn't a welcoming community. It was more of a white boys club kind of sport, where if you could afford it, you could play.” There are programs that get more Indigenous kids playing and loving the sport. If you knew Bob, and he loved you, you knew it. You will find it on the internet at rainn.

One is tournament, which has grown from 17 teams in 1971 to over 200 today. NBCLX Washington Capitals player T.J. Oshie, shown here representing Team USA at a previous Winter Olympics, was an inspiration to Abby Roque growing up. Like Roque, Oshie is descended from members of the Ojibwe First Nation. She’s not discreet about it either.

“It’s gotten really big and we’ve had a number of players that have gone on, both male and female, gone on to play nationally, internationally,” said Madahbee, who’s been involved in the league for over 50 years. (In January, the Little NHL announced it would halt its third season in a row over COVID-19 safety concerns .) And as more players like Abby make the big time, Indigenous stories can be told on a bigger platform. Established Indigenous players can be a role model for the younger generations. And some already have been: is one.) That said, if there’s no rule in your office against it, I do not advise confronting her.

Washington Capitals right-winger T.J. Oshie, who is also of Ojibwe descent, has been an inspiration to Roque. She can still remember his legendary performance in a 2014 Olympic shootout , clinching the game for the U.S.

against Russia. “I feel a lot of pride that she was able to see that and that in one way or another motivated her to make that her goal,” Oshie said. “It means a lot to me…my dream and my career can make a positive impact on young Indigenous kids around the U.S.” Roque wants to inspire younger generations too, and she’s following advice she picked up from her dad.

“You can be visible and any chance that you can, give back to the game in any way," Roque said."You should always want to help more people play hockey." To hear the full episode, subscribe to My New Favorite Olympian wherever you get your podcasts. You can .