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Chicago Blackhawks Jersey Leads to Controversy at a Minnesota University


The Nashville Predators shocked many in the hockey world by stunning the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in their first-round playoff series. Though the Windy City occupants have not hit the ice since their underdog foes completed a four-game sweep April 20, their jersey has generated some publicity on account of an incident involving a Minnesota-based college registrant.

Cody Albrecht, a Chicago native and fan of the franchise that has claimed three Stanley Cup championships since 2010, with the first coming against our Philadelphia Flyers, donned the top during his Social Perspectives, Human Worth and Social Action class at Bethel University. The shirt, given its depiction of a Native American’s profile, has drawn rebuke from those who object to commercialized representations of American Indians. The collective backlash over such uses has long led to protests and calls for change, with the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo rendering being a particularly current source of sadness and frustration. In the case of Albrecht, the Blackhawks apparel led to Facebook posts from his instructor and an apology from the matriculant.


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