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Asian Hockey Card Collection

Norman “Normie” Lim Kwong aka Kwong Lim Yew - 

1. Normie was a quick and tough Chinese Canadian running back from Calgary. He was born to Chinese immigrants who initially landed in British Columbia but relocated to Calgary because the anti-Asian discrimination was less severe in Alberta. 

2. Normie grew up playing football at Western Canada High School. 

3. At 18 and nicknamed the “China Clipper” (a nickname shared with the great Larry Kwong, who is of no known relation), he went pro and played for the @calstampeders of the @cfl. He was the first player of Chinese heritage to play in the CFL and, in his rookie season, he became the youngest player to ever win the Grey Cup. He would go on to play 13 seasons, winning 4 Grey Cups (with the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos), receiving two CFL outstanding player awards, being named the 1955 Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s male athlete of the year, and setting 30 football records. 

4. Why is he included on this account? After his football career, Normie was a part owner and part of the group responsible for relocating the @nhlflames from Atlanta to Calgary. His name is engraved on the Stanley Cup from the Flames’ 1989 championship win. He is the only one of the few to have their names engraved on both the Grey and Stanley Cups; another is @waynegretzky (thanks to @matty_mann for the trivia!). 

5. Normie was also very active in his civic and community duties. He was an advocate for multiculturalism and served as the National Chairman of the Canadian Council on Multiculturalism and Chairman for the @eastersealsab. In 2005, he became the first Chinese Canadian to serve as the Calgary Lieutenant Governor. He passed on September 3, 2016, and remains one of the Canadian greats for his tremendous accomplishments on and off the field.

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