DALLAS — For Larry Woo, racism wasn't a challenge. It was an inspiration.

He recalled that people would bring chopsticks to games he played as a teenager in Canada’s Western Hockey League to mock him. They would also make racist gestures and use racial slurs, he added.

Woo grew up in a Winnipeg suburb, about 15 houses away from an outdoor rink. Picking up the game as a 7-year-old, it took a few years and a few insults before he realized that his face was different than others on the ice.