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Hockey legend to speak at UWS

The UW-Superior office of multicultural affairs will host hockey legend Henry Boucha on Thursday in Old Main. (Photo courtesy of henryboucha.com)

The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s office of multicultural affairs will host a diversity dialogue presentation and Q-and-A with Ojibwe, and former NHL and Olympic silver medalist, Henry Boucha from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Thursday in the Multicultural Center located in Old Main, Room 232.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Boucha will discuss his cultural Anishinaabe upbringing in Warroad, Minn., his career with the NHL Detroit Red Wings, experience with winning an Olympic silver medal in Japan in 1972, his current work as CEO of Boucha Films, LLC., and his leadership within and commitment to Indian education.

“Henry Boucha will be able to relate and connect with a lot of students; including diverse students and community members, athletes, military veterans and those who are striving for the best in life as he has had experience with all of these things,” said Ivy Vainio, multicultural student services coordinator at UWS. “I am looking forward to learning about his earlier years growing up Ojibwe, his hockey career, and how he has overcome challenging situations in and outside of sports.”

Boucha has overcome adversity and has inspired countless individuals, in and out of sports.

“I believe that having Henry speak to our students will be very powerful, especially since his granddaughter is one of our students — his impact will be brought closer to home with his talk,” said Bret Evered, lecturer, First Nations studies program and co-advisor to the Native Nations Student Organization at UW-Superior. “It is important to have someone honestly relate their experiences so the students can see that no matter what your struggle in life is, that you can overcome and have a diverse voice in the world.

“As Natives, we need to know that we have strong voices in our communities that are advocating for our resiliency. In spite of Henry’s struggles, he is still here and still standing strong-resilient against the odds put against him.”

This Diversity Dialogue is co-hosted by the office of multicultural affairs, First Nations Center, athletics department, and Native Nations Student Organization.

Free parking for this event is available in Lots 2 and 11.

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