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List of ice hockey players of Semitic descent

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Players with NHL experienceEdit

Names in italics have won the Stanley Cup.


Name Position Ethnicity Nationality Notes Teams
Justin Abdelkader Left Wing Jordanian, Polish, and American American 48 games NHL experience [1] 2008–present: Detroit Red Wings
Ramzi Abid Left Wing Tunisian and Scottish Canadian First person of Tunisian descent to play in the NHL. Limited NHL experience of 68 games over four seasons. Currently playing for Rögle BK of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan 2002–2003: Phoenix Coyotes

2003: Pittsburgh Penguins 2006: Atlanta Thrashers 2007: Nashville Predators

Josef Boumedienne Defense Algerian and Finnish Swedish Played 47 games over four NHL seasons. 2001-2002: New Jersey Devils

2001-2002: Tampa Bay Lightning 2002-2004 Washington Capitals

Nazem Kadrii Center Lebanese Canadian 2010–present: Toronto Maple Leafs
Alain Nasreddine Defense Lebanese and Canadian Canadian 1998: Chicago Blackhawks

1998–1999: Montreal Canadiens 2002–2003: New York Islanders 2006–2008: Pittsburgh Penguins


Name Position Ethnicity Nationality Notes Teams
John Hanna Defense Lebanese and Syrian Canadian First person of Middle Eastern descent to play in the NHL. Retired with 198 games of experience over five NHL seasons. 1958–1961: New York Rangers

1963–1964: Montreal Canadiens 1967–1968: Philadelphia Flyers

Ed Hatoum Right Wing Lebanese Canadian First Lebanese born player to play in the NHL. Retired with limited NHL experience of 47 NHL games over three seasons. 1968–1970: Detroit Red Wings

1970–1971: Vancouver Canucks

Notable players without NHL experienceEdit


  • Daniel Rahimi, (Swedish), Defense: Player of Iranian and Swedish descent. Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round (82nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Currently playing for the Rögle BK of the Elitserien.


  • Fabian Joseph, (Canadian), Center: Player of Lebanese descent was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 6th round (109th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

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