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New Canada Post stamp Nova Scotia's black hockey pioneers

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There was a time when Kendrick Douglas would have had no idea who those unsmiling men were, staring out from the Canadian Post stamp unveiled Thursday at the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia in Cherrybrook.

Until he was a teenager, you see, he had no inkling that there was once an ice hockey team known as the Halifax Eurekas — or that, in the year 1904, that squad was midway through its three-year dominance of something known as the Colored Hockey League.

Even now the faces are a mystery to him: Herbert Allison, who suited up in goal for the Eurekas, but also the dexterous George Adams, who was able to play virtually every position, Charlie Tolliver and Walter Saunders, a pair of forwards, and Aldophus Skinner and John Mansfield, whose positions, after all of this time, no one is quite able to recall.

By name, at least, he knew one person on the stamp: league organizer James Robinson Johnston -- the first black to graduate from Dalhousie University’s law school -- since Douglas is an alumnae of the same faculty and institution, where his father also happened to be the third........

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