First black inductee pleased to be role model

Originally Published: November 3, 2003
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

TORONTO -- It is perhaps both fitting and surprising that Grant Fuhr entered the Hockey Hall of Fame as its first black player.

And that nobody -- including Fuhr -- made a big deal about it.

"To be honest with you, I've never thought much about it," Fuhr said Monday prior to his induction. "I grew up in a small town in Alberta and it wasn't about anything but how you played the game. I think it's different in some places, but it's not a big thing here [in Canada], and it's certainly ...

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