HOT MEDIA TOPICS: Diversity in sports and Indigenous issues are hot media topics. In 2017 and 2018, profiles of Sasakamoose have been published in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Sportsnet, and CBC.
TRAILBLAZER: Contemporary Indigenous NHL players such as Ted Nolan and Ethan Bear credit Sasakamoose for paving a path to the NHL for them.
KNOWN LEGEND: One of the stories in Wayne Gretzky’s 99: Stories of the Game is about Sasakamoose.
INDIAN HORSE: Sasakamoose did not find out until 2019 that he was Richard Wagamese’s inspiration for Indian Horse. There are similarities in the two stories, but Sasakamoose is not the real life Indian Horse. He tells his story in this memoir.
CHIEF THUNDERSTICK NATIONAL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP: This tournament garners 600 participants and each player clamours to hear Sasakamoose’s story.
“Fred Sasakamoose played in the NHL before First Nations people had the right to vote in Canada. This page turner will have you cheering for “Fast Freddy” as he faces off against huge challenges both on and off the ice—a great gift to every proud hockey fan, Canadian, and Indigenous person.”
—Wab Kinew, Leader of the Manitoba NDP and author of The Reason You Walk
“Call Me Indian needs to be in every library and on every school curriculum in Canada. Fred Sasakamoose’s story is gripping and powerfully told—a story of triumph and tragedy, of great success and the perils of excess. There is laughter and tears here aplenty, but also inspiration. Characters as large as Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull are easily matched by the likes of Moosum, Freddy’s grandfather; Father Roussel, the only good to be found in residential school; George Vogan, who always believed in Fred—and Loretta, who loved him, gave him family, and ultimately saved him.”
—Roy MacGregor, bestselling author of Chief: The Fearless Vision of Billy Diamond and Canadians: Portrait of a Country and its People
“Freddy Sasakamoose is the epitome of hard work and perseverance. His story reveals the hardships he faced while overcoming the impossible. He will be an inspiration for generations to come.“
—Brigette Lacquette, Olympic medalist and first First Nations hockey player to be named to Canada’s National Women’s Team
“Fred Sasakamoose is an icon. Any Indigenous hockey player skates in his footsteps. His trailblazing hockey career has been well-documented in recent decades, and now, his riveting life story has been published in his own words. Call Me Indian is a powerfully essential account of Sasakamoose’s journey, from his Cree upbringing on the land to the bright lights of NHL arenas. His voice throughout is candid, heartfelt, and astute, as he reveals the triumphs and tragedies of his life. Sasakamoose’s resilience and dedication to his family, his people, and the game of hockey is nothing short of awesome, despite the brutality he endured at residential school and the racism that followed him on the ice and beyond. Call Me Indian is an inspiring and enlightening saga that’s a must-read for Indigenous communities, hockey fans, and all Canadians.”
—Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon of the Crusted Snow
“A heart-wrenching story of survival in the face of injustice and tragedy. In his unflinching memoir, Fred Sasakamoose shares his journey from being a residential school Survivor to becoming the NHL’s first Indigenous player—on the arduous road to finding the peace and pride he was long refused. Canada’s pastime and the nation’s darkest sins collide in a beautifully told tale of resilience, passion, and ultimate triumph.”
—Dan Robson, bestselling author of Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend
“More lasting and impactful than the usual sports memoir.”
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