Black History Month Great Black Person #2 of 28: The Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks series was one of my favorites as a kid. I embraced the rag-tag group of lovable losers as they bonded together to take the pee-wee hockey world by storm. Now that I'm older, I can appreciate the Mighty Ducks in another way... as the most progressive hockey team to ever take the ice! You see, the NHL is comprised of less than 5% minorities. That's right, often times the puck is the only thing you'll see on the ice that's black. The Mighty Ducks roster, on the other hand, consisted of a staggering 34% minorities, including three black players; three and a half if you count mixed race Bash Brother Dean Portman... and oh, I do. Whether it was pretending you were Jesse Hall leading the Oreo Line to victory or trying to copy Russ Tyler's devastating knucklepuck, the Mighty Ducks gave young, hockey-loving black kids (all ten of them) someone to admire. So thanks Mighty Ducks series, you taught America (and those jerks from Iceland) a valuable lesson: whether you're black, white, or whatever color you may be... ducks fly together!