Without hard work and determination, no one can reach to the top. Angela’s love for sport didn’t only help her reach the peak of her career, but her dedication and hard work combined paved her way. Angela is a former ice hockey player who is known for playing at the highest levels of senior hockey from 1980 to 2000.
Angela James Bio
Angela James was born on 22 December 1964 in Toronto, Canada. Her parents were Donna Barrato, a white Canadian and Leo James, a black American from Mississippi who moved to Canada from racially segregated Mississippi. With governmental assistance, Angela was raised with her two half-sisters by a single mother, Donna. Angela’s childhood was not an easy one since she had to face discrimination and insults by her peers for coming from a mixed race.
As a sports lover, Angela excelled at games like hockey, baseball, and synchronized swimming but hockey ended up being her passion. She first played her organized hockey at the age of eight in a Flemingdon Park Boys House League.
Her Hockey Career
Angela pursued her love for Hockey even after graduating. She joined Toronto Islanders in 1980, where she used to play as a central defender. Within a year, she established herself as the star of the league. After that, she played in the first women's national championship in 1982, where her team won the McTeer Cup in their 3-2 overtime victory over Team Alberta.
Carrying her records, Angela led the Canadian women’s hockey team to four world championships in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1997. She remains the only black player in history to captain Canada at the senior international level. In 2008, Angela became the first black woman inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hockey (IIHF) Hall of Fame. Angela’s pioneering and dominant force in women’s hockey also got her inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame two years after that. She was also inducted in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
James is currently the senior sports coordinator at Seneca College. She is also a certified referee and coach in Canada.
Angela James Married, Husband
Angela is not looking for a husband as she is already married. From the beginning of her teenage years, Angela’s conflict on her sexuality made her more and more sure that she was a lesbian. She had to wait long before finding the woman of her dreams. In the year 1994, she met her now wife, Ange. They became friends and slowly started to fall for each other.
After not being able to deny the sparks, they eventually started dating. Two years into the relationship, Angela and Ange decided to get married and be life long partners. In 1999, Ange carried their first child, Christian, and in 2004, Angela gave birth to fraternal twins, son Michael and daughter Toni. As of now, Ange and Angela have an adorable family including their children.