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Kings’ Quinton Byfield wants to be a role model for other Black hockey players

Canada's Quinton Byfield, left, tries to get past Jordan Harris of the U.S. during the world junior championships on Dec. 26. <span class="copyright">(Petr David Josek / Associated Press)</span>
Canada’s Quinton Byfield, left, tries to get past Jordan Harris of the U.S. during the world junior championships on Dec. 26. (Petr David Josek / Associated Press)

Quinton Byfield fell in love with hockey the way most Canadian kids do — sitting in front of the TV with his dad, Clinton, on Saturday nights and flicking on that week’s “Hockey Night in Canada” game.

Only, in Byfield’s case, his dad never played the game. For a long time, Clinton knew little about the sport they were watching.

Unlike most other Canadian kids, Byfield’s father isn’t from hockey’s homeland. Clinton is a Jamaican immigrant. So when he and his wife, Nicole Kasper, raised their family outside Toronto, the national sport wasn’t so much passed down to their son — it was picked up by the household … together.

“Those are big moments, just being able to share that,” Byfield said. “They

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