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The talented Bryant McBride

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The move from Chicago to Ste. Sault Marie,
Ontario, Canada at a young age will almost kick a young man's destiny towards a love of hockey. It's a labour (spelled the way they do in Canada) of love up North. This is not a limited thing, because white, black or plaid, the love of the coolest game on ice runs deep in the veins of all Canadian boys. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA---The move from Chicago to Ste. Sault Marie,
Ontario, Canada at a young age will almost kick a young man's destiny towards a love of hockey. It's a labour (spelled the way they do in Canada) of love up North. This is not a limited thing, because white, black or plaid, the love of the coolest game on ice runs deep in the veins of all Canadian boys.

Bryant McBride has been quietly battling the Boston Bruins of the NHL, and other teams as well for the past two seasons. With the Bruins, it's all about money, and with the rest of the league, it's all about getting someone employment.

Bryant Scott McBride was born on May 30, 1965 in an awful ghetto environment in Chicago. His mother remarried a Canadian citizen named William McBride, and at the age of five, the family moved to Ste. Sault Marie, which is located near Michigan's Upper Peninsula. With that area producing more than 40 players that played in the National Hockey League, it's easy to see why hockey became young Bryant's favorite sport.

However, it wasn't hockey that became his first extensive action in extra-curricular activities, but singing. The choir troupe that he toured with was an accomplished group that traveled throughout Canada and the British Isles.

While his interest in singing still lives on, it was hockey that would be the starting point in molding his future life. After graduating from Bawating High School in 1983, his hockey talents got him traveling back to the States to the West Point Academy after one year at Williston North Hampton, in Massachusetts.

His brief stay at West Point was a pioneering duration, culminated by his becoming the first black class president in the history of the service academy. His heart wasn't into becoming an officer, and after a year and a half, and gaining respect throughout his stay at West Point, he decided to transfer to Trinity College in Connecticut. He became that school's first black president as well in his senior year, and mixed in academic development with resuming action in the ice.

He led his team to three Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and was named Division II All-American in 1988. After graduating from Trinity, he was next headed to Harvard where he earned a Master's in Public Administration. At his first job with Aldritch, Eastman and Waltch, a pension fund fiduciary, he met his future wife, Tina, who was the office manager there.

In 1992, he became the director of Better Government Competition, which provided grants to Bostonians who could find ways to save the state government money. With the grants he issued, he saved Massachusetts $13 million in one year.

Eventually, his life fell back into hockey as he was named director of New Business Development late in 1993, with his task at hand being to grow the game into areas that were foreign in knowledge to the sport, and give more people an opportunity to play hockey. He got rinks built in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Indiana and Michigan, which parlayed into minority children learning how to play the game.

McBride created the Diversity Task Force, which is now headed off by Willie O'Ree. The DTF is made up of 26 inner city organizations across North America, which gives clinics on the ice, and introduces hockey to children of color, who might have a fleeting interest in the game. He was in charge of ASSIST (Assists Shooters and Skaters in Succeeding Together), an organization that gives $100,000 a year to needy organizations all over the world.

There were many things yet to be conquered in the world the National Hockey League got itself into, but Mr. McBride, who won an award from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for outstanding achievement in improving safety and contributing to the national impaired driving
 

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