“I broke the ice a little bit,” [Larry Kwong] said, pointing to the numerous players of Asian ancestry who have since played in the league. “Maybe being the first Chinese player in the N.H.L. gave more of a chance for other Chinese boys that play hockey.”
Under the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, Chinese-Canadians were denied the vote and other basic rights.
“We were discriminated against in my own hometown,” Kwong said in a recent Skype video interview. “I couldn’t get a job. The barber wouldn’t cut my hair because I was Chinese.”
He found solace, and his métier, on the frozen ponds in the woods above Vernon.