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Stateside Podcast: Ojibwe hockey hero’s complex story

Taffy Abel in a striped Chicago Black Hawks uniform
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Taffy Abel is pictured here in 1929 in his uniform for the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 1934. That uniform included a logo depicting a caricatured Native American figure. As a player, Abel never discussed his own Indigenous heritage.

Team USA’s forward Abby Roque made her Olympic debut last weekend in Beijing. She grew up in the UP, and she’s the first Native American to play for the U.S. women’s team, a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation. But she’s not the first Native player to be part of the U.S. team. That player was one Taffy Abel, and today on Stateside, his nephew talks about his life and many athletic achievements.

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George Jones, Taffy Abel’s nephew

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Erin Allen comes to Michigan Radio as a new producer for the station’s Stateside show. She is an experienced communicator driven by her curiosity about stories of people.