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Jewish defenseman is a Pioneer

you have seen the reports this summer regarding a young hockey prospect from California, Shai Buium, who hopes someday to play in the National Hockey League, and whose journey has taken him to Denver. “An Israeli took a big step to be the first to play in the NHL.” “An Israeli player in the NHL has yet to occur, making Buium’s Israeli heritage quite significant for the country.” Eighteen-year-old Buium has seen these media statements, too. In engaging fashion, the freshman defenseman at the University of Denver takes the weighty talk in stride, then dismisses any possibility of what would, sometime in the future, become a significant milestone in the history of Israeli sports. He’s Jewish, but he’s not Israeli. His mother Miri, who was […]
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IJN Staff Writer | steve@ijn.com