||Comprised of the sons and grandsons of runaway American slaves, the league helped pioneer the sport of ice hockey changing this winter game from the primitive "gentleman's past-time" of the nineteenth century to the modern fast moving game of today. In an era when many believed blacks could not endure cold, possessed ankles too weak to effectively skate, and lacked the intelligence for organized sport, these men defied the defined myths. [more]
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6/30/2013: Canada's Island Sports News, Stryker-Indigo Media and SONAHHR form strategic alliance
Stryker-Indigo Media & Island Sports News: NEW YORK, VICTORIA (June 29, 2013) Stryker-Indigo Media Group in New York and Canada's Island Sports News (www.islandsportsnews.net) announced today they have formed a strategic alliance. Under the terms of the agreement all parties will work together in conjunction with Stryker-Indigo's Boxscore World Sportwire division (www.boxscorenews.com), and its partners the Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers (SONAHHR) (www.sonahhr.com) as well as its hockey organization, the Society of North American Historians and Researchers (SONAHR) (www.sonahrsports.com), for the purpose of competing against major Canadian sports networks and to expand sports reporting across Canada.
The media alliance is designed to reshape the Canadian sporting news landscape. The agreement allows Island Sports writers an opportunity to be featured internationally across Stryker-Indigo's Boxscore World Sportswire platforms. It also allows Island Sports the opportunity to access the works of Stryker-Indigo/Boxscore writers. At present, sixty-percent of Stryker-Indigo/Boxscore's writers are Canadian. According to Island Sports News CEO, Scott Harrigan, "What this agreement gives us is access to high quality Canadian sports writers, something that we believe is necessary to expand our Canadian sports reporting and our online national news presence." The strategic alliance also allows Island Sports advertisers access to an international platform, through Stryker-Indigo/Boxscore, in order to market and sell their products.
In addition, Island Sports News gains immediate access to the Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers hockey content archives, a collection featuring hundreds of Canadian-themed historic articles written by SONAHHR historians and journalists.
The partnering agreement between Island Sports News and Stryker-Indigo/Boxscore is yet the latest strategic move by the Stryker-Indigo Media Group in the past 12-months. The agreement is seen as part of a global strategy by the corporation to grow its list of international partners and to create a worldwide network of online sporting news, radio, video, and live streaming outlets designed to compete globally against much larger media companies and sporting platforms. It also allows the company an opportunity to continue to increase its brand and product recognition worldwide and to develop an international web structure of sports sites that can be accessed daily by millions of potential readers, consumers and advertisers.
At the same time, the alliance with Island Sports creates regional and national Canadian outlets for Stryker-Indigo/Boxscore World Sportswire writers and advertisers. As Stryker-Indigo Vice President, Darril Fosty, explains it, "We are assembling a world-wide sports news network to rival the biggest news organizations on the Internet. There are thousands of websites covering individual sports, few cover general sporting news. Boxscore, along with Island Sports, are two that cover general news and have established news structures and networks. We have a clear vision in terms of our marketing strategies and long term goals, with the number of writers and photographers already assembled within the two organizations, the combination is approaching numbers that only the very largest news outlets in the world can exceed."
This is the second partnership announcement between a Canadian sports media company, SONAHHR/SONAHHR, and Stryker-Indigo/Boxscore. Last September, the groups announced a partnering agreement with Rouge Radio Canada (www.rougeradio.com). Rouge Radio, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta produces a weekly podcast covering the three major leagues of Canadian Football: Professional (CFL), University (CIS), and Junior (CJFL). Rouge also provides coverage of other amateur leagues across Canada through their online show created and produced by volunteers across the country of Canada.
Officials hope to introduce Canadian sports fans to the SONAHHR organizations and to make SONAHHR/SONAHR the leading hockey and sports historical societies in Canada. They also believe Canadians will be surprised at the quality of the writing and the heavy emphasis placed on Canadian history and will therefore be attracted to the organization, its preservation efforts, as well as its messaging.
About Island Sports News
Island Sports News was founded in 2009 in Victoria, British Columbia by Canadian businessman, Scott Harrigan. The company reports on all aspects of Canadian sport with special emphasis on Victoria, Vancouver Island, City of Vancouver, and Western Canada.
The Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers was founded on June 1, 2004 in New York City. The purpose of the organization is to foster serious academic study in the areas of field and ice hockey and to preserve North American and International hockey history. The Society of North American Historians and Researchers was formed in 2005 as an extension of SONAHHR. The organization works to promote and preserve all aspects of international sporting history.
About Stryker-Indigo Media
The Stryker-Indigo Media Group is a private multi-media film and publishing company incorporated under the laws of New York State. The company was founded in 1996 by Canadian historians and filmmakers George and Darril Fosty. The corporation is comprised of three divisions: Stryker-Indigo New York (Corporate, Publishing, Stryker-Indigo Filmworks); Stryker-Indigo Hawaii (South Seas - Magazine of the Pacific, Hawaii Heritage Film And Photograph Archives, Stryker-Indigo Hawaii Filmworks), and Boxscore News (Boxscore World Sportswire, On Air Sport, Futbol Heritage Archives Of American Soccer/European Football, and The Black Ice Project).
6/30/2013: Canadian Sports and Military Historian George Fosty to be honored by Oyster Bay Historical Society
Stryker-Indigo Media: NEW YORK CITY - June 27, 2013 - Stryker-Indigo Media Group announced today that historian George Fosty will be among thirteen individuals receiving the Oyster Bay Historical Society of New York's "Long Island Top Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Award" on July 9th.
George Fosty was born in 1960 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. In 1983, he obtained his Associate of Arts degree in History from Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Two years later, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Later, in 1991, he was awarded a Master of Arts in History from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas.
An expert on World War Two history, from September 1990 to November 1991, he was employed as a civilian military historian (GS-7) with the U.S. Office of Personal Management under special contract to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force, Sheppard AFB, Texas for the purpose of documenting the history of the USAAF and its predecessor the U.S. Army Air Corps in conjunction with Sheppard's 50th anniversary celebrations. At the time, he was one of only two non-American historians employed by the U.S. Government.
While at Sheppard AFB, he also authored and edited numerous articles on USAF history, created two military museums, served as a Military Advisor on three locally produced television documentaries, and co-authored the award winning book "Sustaining The Wings: A Fifty Year History of Sheppard AFB, 1941-1991" (MSU Press, 1991) the 1991 United States Air Training Command History Book-of-the-Year. In addition to his university degrees, he is a 14-year veteran of the New York legal community and holds a Diploma In International Law from the London Guildhall University (City Polytechnic), London, England (1980) as well as a Legal Generalist Certificate from Adelphi University in New York (1995).
In addition to his work in the field of military history, he is also a leading expert on the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, an all-black hockey league that existed in Eastern Canada from 1895 to 1931. In 2007, he was featured in the ESPN documentary "Frozen Out". Since 2008, he has also worked extensively in the areas of Hawaiian history and International Association Football (Soccer).
George Fosty is the co-author/author of seven books: "Sustaining The Wings" (1991) , "The Desperate Glory: The Battle Of Dieppe, 1942" (1991), "Splendid Is The Sun: The 5,000 Year History of Hockey" (2003), "Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925" (2004),www.blackicebook.com, "Footie's Black Book: A Guide To International Association Football" (2010), "Short Lines: The Poems Of A Railroad Trackman 1979-1987" (2010), and " Where Brave Men Fall: The Battle Of Dieppe And The Espionage War Against Hitler, 1939-1942" (2013) www.Dieppe42.com. He is also a featured writer in the book, "Multiple Lenses: Voices From The Diaspora In Canada"(2007). He has also co-produced/produced five hockey documentaries and pilots including: "All Or Nothing" (1998), and "Ice Wars: A Hockey History" (1999). In 2008, he produced and co-wrote the documentary "Black Ice: The Documentary", winner of the Best Short Film Award at the 10th Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston, Massachusetts.
Currently, George Fosty is the president and founder of the Stryker-Indigo Media Group, a flagship multi-platform media and publishing corporation. Founded in 1996, the corporation is comprised of three divisions: Stryker-Indigo New York (Corporate, Publishing, Stryker-Indigo Filmworks); Stryker-Indigo Hawaii (South Seas - Magazine of the Pacific, Hawaii Heritage Film And Photograph Archives, Stryker-Indigo Hawaii Filmworks), and Boxscore News (Boxscore World Sportswire, On Air Sport, Futbol Heritage Archives Of American Soccer/European Football, and The Black Ice Project). Fosty is also a Founder and President of the Society of North American Hockey Historians And Researchers www.sonahhr.com as well as a Founder of the Black Ice Hockey And Sports Hall of Fame Conference and the Long Island-based Black Ice Project. www.theblackiceproject.com
This is the third major award presented to George Fosty. In 2008, he was honored by The Shaka Franklin Foundation of Denver, Colorado for the creation of "The Black Ice Project" and for his efforts to preserve black ice hockey history. In 2011, he was also presented with an honorary teaching award by the Jackie Robinson Society of George Washington University, Washington D.C., again for his work in the area of black hockey history.
EVENT: The 2013 Oyster Bay Historical Society of New York "Long Island Top Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Awards Dinner" is open to the public. Individuals interested in attending the event can obtain their tickets via the following link:http://honoringgeorgefosty.eventbrite.com/
They can also register by telephone or obtain more information, by calling Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 ( email her at TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net ).
WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Mansion at the Woodlands at Woodbury, One Southwoods Road, Woodbury, New York.
The Long Island Top Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education Awards and Dinner is an annual event designed to honor New York's leading historians and advocates of historic preservation. The Oyster Bay Historical Society,http://www.oysterbayhistorical.org/ is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a broad public interest in and awareness of the rich and distinctive history of the Town of Oyster Bay, to collect, preserve, and make accessible to everyone artifacts, books, documents, records, photographs, and other materials pertinent to the history and development of Oyster Bay and to stimulate and educate the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications designed to interpret our past, to reflect on our future, and to bring our history to life in the present.
4/27/2013: For the latest SONAHR And WORLD SPORTSWIRE NEWS
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