Larry Kwong played for the Vernon Hydrophones before going to the New York Rangers where he was on the ice for one minute in a game in 1948, the first Asian-Canadian to play in the NHL. The student who did this project and went to the Provincial Fair in Barkerville was passionate about Kwong. His passion was reflected in his extensive research of which you can see a portion in the photo. In addition, he telephoned Kwong, now elderly and living in Edmonton, for an interview.
“Many people in Canada were racist then but he never gave up on his dream. He was a good player. We have to learn from history. It’s sickening that someone would not have a chance because of their race. That should not happen anymore,” said this student whose great-uncle played hockey with Kwong in Vernon.
Many Heritage Fairs students uncover little known people and events in our history and help to bring them to light and rethink how we see the past. This student, who was then in grade 6, went on to petition for Kwong to be in the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame.