Fred Sasakamoose was born Christmas Day 1933 on the Sandy Lake Reserve. In his early years there was no such things as cars, phones or even electricity! But there was lots of snow and ice, and Fred loved to play hockey. Fred went from playing hockey in bob skates, using a stick carved out of an old willow tree branch and frozen horse manure for a puck, to become the first Aboriginal player in the National Hockey League. Fred made his debute in the NHL for the Chicago Black Hawks at Maple Leaf Gardens, February 27, 1954.
This song, written by Bob Chartier, is a tribute to Fred Sasakamoose, Bob's first hockey hero. Playing along with Bob on this recording are: Dianne Quinton and Peter May (harmony vocals), Don Gowan (lead guitar / mandolin), Mel Wilson (acoustic upright bass) and Adam Esposito (drums). Recorded, mixed and produced by Dylan Haverson and Ben Nixon, 77 Sound, Calgary, AB and mastered by Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.