"Smudge, Snipe, Celly!" Hockey Brand celebrates First Nations culture

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Harlan Kingfisher is the creator behind Smudge the Blades, a First Nations brand of Hockey apparel.

Growing up in rec hockey, Harlan was told by his grandfather once before a play-off game to smudge his hockey stick and skates. It quickly became routine for Harlan to smudge his gear before games.

Smudge the Blades was a dream of Harlan’s for years before he launched his brand this past fall, quickly gaining popularity across Canada.

Canadian Hockey Olympian, Brigette Lacquette was quick to want to support Harlan’s brand, sporting it on her social media.

Harlan focuses his brand on supporting the generation of young hockey players, offering scholarships for those continuing their education, and playing hockey in the coming school years.

“The reason why I created the brand was to bring the community together, because that's one thing that we have as First Nation hockey players, we have these tournaments to go to which are 1000s people come there and they pack up the hockey rink to cheer for their own band.”

Smudge the Blades incorporates Cree language and culture with popular hockey slang. Shirts with “Smudge, Snipe, Celly” and “Drop the Gloves, Skoden!” were designed by Harlan.

Proceeds from every order from Smudge the Blades go to ensuring that First Nations hockey players have access to the leagues, and the gear they need.

Group orders are welcome, and Harlan is already talking to local Hockey shops across Canada about stocking the First Nations Hockey brand.

Smudge the Blades can be found on Facebook, Instagram and their Website.

Harlan goes out of his way to support First Nations hockey, being sure to pass on the Kraft Hockeyville nomination for Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. Voting closes tomorrow for the competition that would tremendously help out the community of Elsipogtog First Nation as their local hockey rink burned down in a fire this past year.

Support First Nations Hockey by voting for Elsipogtog First Nation to get a new rink!

Josie Fiegehen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com