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Seale was standout Clarkson hockey player


Thank you for the fine article devoted to 1950s Clarkson hockey player Don Seale that appeared in Sunday’s Times.

While I did not know Don personally, I remember seeing him play when I was a student at St. Lawrence. He was an outstanding defenseman on a series of distinguished Clarkson teams and was noted for combining rugged play with solid hockey skills.

One could hardly miss him, of course. He was the biggest guy on the ice, and black players were virtually unknown in hockey.

I’m pleased to recall no racial slurs being directed his way during his on-ice shifts. I’m also pleased to learn that, following college, Mr. Seale fashioned a successful and rewarding life, and remains in good form to this day.

I would offer one correction. As stated, Clarkson declined a bid to the 1956 NCAA championships because it would have had to play minus its seniors, who as four-year varsity members had been declared ineligible. But as a junior in 1955-56, he had entered Clarkson in September 1953, Seale was among the eligible and would have played had that great undefeated team accepted the bid.

Don Seale completed his Clarkson college hockey career the following year with the 1956-57 team, another fine aggregation that did in fact play in the NCAA championships. As mentioned, at that season’s end he was named to the All-East First team.

Again, thank you for this tribute to a fine athlete and person who left his mark on local college hockey.

Robert Graham


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