He made hockey history.
Vernon’s Larry Kwong became the first player of Asian ancestry to break the NHL’s colour barrier when he suited up for the New York Rangers in a game at the fabled Forum against the Montreal Canadiens in 1948.
Kwong, who helped the Vernon Hydrophones win a B.C. Juvenile Hockey Championship years prior, was also fast without skates, verified here by this wonderful Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo.
The picture shows Kwong crossing the finish line in first place ahead of an opponent running in a dress shirt with his sleeves rolled up in a sprint race at Vernon’s Polson Park.
You can also make out the old grandstand, packed with spectators, as well as well-dressed patrons along the grandstand.