First Indigenous NHLer, Fred Sasakamoose, hospitalized with presumed COVID-19

First Indigenous NHLer, Fred Sasakamoose, hospitalized with presumed COVID-19

Fred Sasakamoose, who became the first Indigenous person to play in the NHL, is battling presumed COVID-19 in a Saskatchewan hospital, according to multiple reports on social media.

His family first reported the news on his organization’s Sasakamoose “Chief Thunderstick” National Hockey Championship Facebook page on Friday evening.

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“The 86 year old has had symptoms for a couple days, was admitted today at a local Hospital and is presumed positive and is now waiting for test results,” reads the post.

“We are asking people, the hockey community and fans to think about Fred at this time. Chief Thunderstick needs your prayers so he can recover quickly.”

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According to other reports on Twitter, Sasakamoose is in the ICU.

“Fred Sasakamoose lives in the North Central region – he is the great uncle of my nephews. High cases and no masking directives have effects. He is a wonderful man and an important elder. All of Saskatchewan should be praying for him tonight,” tweeted one user.

Fred Sasakamoose lives in the North Central region -he is the great uncle of my nephews. High cases and no masking directives have effects. He is a wonderful man and an important elder. All of Saskatchewan should be praying for him tonight. #COVID19SK https://t.co/OdCgUAutq9

— Prairietara (@prairietara) November 21, 2020

@NHLBlackhawks 1954 Blackhawks centre Fred Sasakamoose is currently in the ICU battle COVID-19.

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