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Friday scores trailblazer award

While the news broke last year, Kashechewan's Stephane Friday was in Toronto over the weekend to receive the Herbert Carnegie Trailblazer Award

A Kashechewan man was in Toronto over the weekend to pick up his hardware.

Stephane Friday, the co-founder of Hockey Indigenous, was presented the Herbert Carnegie Trailblazer Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 20.

Hockey Indigenous shines a spotlight on Indigenous leaders in hockey. The company is also working on training camps and other programs for people to get involved.

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The Carnegie Initiative works toward inclusion and access for all in hockey across Canada.

The initiative and the trailblazer award were named for Herb Carnegie, who was a hockey player of Jamaican descent who played in Ontario in the 1940s and 50s. 

He founded one of the first hockey schools in Canada and fostered inclusion for all in the sport. 

Carnegie has a connection to Timmins. 

Before becoming a Hockey Hall of Famer, he laced up his skates in Timmins. Read more on the history of Carnegie's local ties here.