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Fred Sasakamoose
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Hockey Player
    (December 25, 1933-November 24, 2020)
    Born in Debden, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Raised on the Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation, Saskatchewan
    Former chief and band councillor for the Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation
    Forward for the Chicago Black Hawks (1953-54)
    Author of the memoir 'Call Me Indian'
    His surname was hard to spell
    He and his wife had nine children.
    He was a minor league journeyman.
    His birthplace was a mystery with some sources cited Debden while others cited both Whitefish Lake and Sandy Lake First Nation.
    His nickname during his playing career was 'Chief Thunderstick.'
    He suffered from homesickness during his time in the NHL.
    He was the first known First Nations player in NHL history, and the first known one to hold treaty status.
    He was a residential school survivor.
    He had no issue wearing the Black Hawks uniform, due to his status of being a First Nations player on the team.
    He was considered a trailblazer for First Nations players.
    He successfully used his platform to advocate many initiatives for First Nations people through sport and social causes.
    Despite his status of being a trail blazer for First Nations players, he was seen as being humble and never liked to gloat about his accomplishment.

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