Today’s guest on The Heart Of The Rink Hockey Show met John Paris Jr, in a chance meeting at a library in Nova Scotia. John’s personality drew him in and they commenced a conversation that lasted for hours.
John’s story is a beautiful one that goes far beyond John becoming the first black professional coach. It takes the reader into the struggles of a young black man growing up in Windsor, Nova Scotia, to him being scouted by Scotty Bowman, to his battle with Hodgkin’s disease and so much more.
Robert Ashe gives a look inside the cover of They Called Me Chocolate Rocket: The Life And Times Of John Paris, Jr., Hockey’s First Black Professional Coach.