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Hockey Player
    (April 24, 1989- )
    Born in Okene, Nigeria
    Raised in both Kyiv, Ukraine and Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Drafted 56th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
    Forward for the Calgary Flames (2011-13)
    Played on 21 different professional minor league hockey teams across seven leagues (2008-19)
    His nickname is 'Dreamer', which he said was in reference to Hakeem Olajuwon's nickname.
    He was considered a snitch by detractors, who felt he killed the coaching careers of both Moe Mantha and Bill Peters.
    He is best remembered in hockey circles for getting into an altercation in with Steve Downie in practice (2005).
    Following the incident in Windsor, he earned a reputation of being a difficult teammate.
    He publicly stated he felt his hockey career was derailed as a result of being blacklisted in wake of the events in Windsor.
    He was compared to Colin Kaepernick in wake of the whistleblowing activity he started.
    He was born to a Nigerian father and a Ukrainian-Russian mother.
    His family emigrated to Canada as a result of the political unrest in the Soviet Union.
    He took up hockey after he purchased a pair of second hand skates from a garage sale.
    He revealed the incident with Downie was a result of his refusal to take part in a rookie hazing ritual that would have seen him strip naked and cram in a bus bathroom.
    He was praised by many people in hockey circles for speaking up against both hazing rituals and abusive methods by coaches.
    He wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in and what he thought was right, even if it meant going public with speaking out against the culture of intimidation in hockey.

Credit: Ricky

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