Stateside Podcast: Ojibwe hockey hero’s complex story
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.
George Jones, Taffy Abel’s nephew
Hockey legend Taffy Abel was the first Native American winter Olympian and the NHL's first Indigenous player. For nearly a century, his heritage remained hidden in plain sight.
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