Soul On Ice: Past, Present, and Future presents and retells the virtually unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. For decades, hockey was seen as a homogeneous sport - exciting to watch but played by one kind of player. Soul On Ice presents the exploits of athletes who dared to stand out, and dared to make the sport their own. These Black athletes dared to give their sport soul.
As part of February’s Black Heritage Celebration, the Cleveland Monsters are proud to partner with filmmaker Damon Kwame Mason to provide a free at-home screening opportunity for the public.
Register at the bottom of the page to receive a password to download the film from Monday, February 8 to Friday, February 19.
Damon Kwame Mason
Panelist Damon Kwame Mason is a producer, writer, and director of the award-winning documentary Soul On Ice: Past, Present, and Future. A native of Toronto, Mason now works with the NHL and other entities to help elevate Black hockey history.
Panelist Jeff Scott is the Vice President of Community Development and Growth with the National Hockey League. Scott, a graduate of Wofford College, has nearly 20 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry, including as an executive with the Brooklyn Nets and New Jersey Devils.
Panelist Blake Bolden is the American Hockey League Scout/Growth and Inclusion Specialist with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. A Euclid, Ohio, native, Bolden became the first African American person to compete in the National Women’s Hockey league (NWHL) in 2015.
Moderator Kevin Clayton joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019 as Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement. In his role with the organization, Clayton leads the strategy, program planning and execution for diversity and inclusion initiatives to strengthen and expand the organization’s efforts to maintain a robust, welcoming and inclusive workplace culture, and further enrich the organization’s community relationships externally.
The Monsters Black Heritage Celebration will culminate with Black Heritage Celebration night on Saturday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. For tickets click here.