Jonathan Cheechoo, who plays Right Wing for the San Jose Sharks, grew up in Moose Factory, Ontario and is the first member of the Cree First Nation to play in the NHL.
Gare Joyce of ESPN recently did a story on Cheechoo, who led the NHL in goals scored during the 2005-2006 season. The story focused on Cheechoo’s upbringing and family, which includes a long line of trappers. In fact, Cheechoo considered trapping as an occupation himself before his hockey career took off. And Cheechoo’s grandfather, George, came back from a trip on his trapline with 20 beavers and 20 otters the day Joyce was in town working on the article.
It’s a nice story if you have some time to check it out.