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Players with NHL experienceEdit


Names in italics have won the Stanley Cup.

Players currently playing in the NHL or on an affiliate team:


  • Donald Brashear (Bi-racial[1]), Left Wing: (Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Dustin Byfuglien(Bi-racial[2]), Right Wing/Defenseman: (Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Nigel Dawes [3], Left Wing: (New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Robbie Earl, (Minnesota Wild)
  • Mike Grier[1], Right Wing: (Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jarome Iginla (Bi-racial, Nigerian[1][4]), Right Wing: (Calgary Flames)
  • Evander Kane, Center/Left Wing (Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Greg Mauldin5], Right Wing: (Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jamal Mayers(Bi-racial), Left Wing: (St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks)
  • Kenndal McArdle, Left Wing: (Florida Panthers)
  • Kyle Okposo(Bi-racial, Nigerian[6]), Right Wing: (New York Islanders)
  • Wayne Simmonds[7], Right Wing: (Los Angeles Kings)
  • Anthony Stewart[4], (Mixed) Centre: (Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Chris Stewart[3], (Mixed) Right Wing: (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Joel Ward[8], Right Wing: (Nashville Predators)


Chaz JohnsonOttawa Senators) Ryan Reaves (St.Louis Blues) Akim Aliu (Atlanta Thrashers)


Bold: current organization respective player is playing for


Names in italics have won the Stanley Cup.

Players retired or no longer playing with an NHL affiliate team:


  • Darren Banks[16] - Left Wing (Boston Bruins)
  • Anson Carter[1] - Forward (Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • John Craighead[16] - Right Wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Dale Craigwell[16] - Centre (San Jose Sharks)
  • Steven Fletcher[17] - Left Wing (Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets)
  • Dirk Graham(Multi-racial, Afro-Canadian)[18] - Right Wing (Minnesota North Stars, Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Val James19] - Left Wing (Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Brian Johnson[20] - Right Wing (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Nathan LaFayette[21] - Centre (St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings)
  • Georges Laraque[1], Right Wing: (Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens)
  • Darren Lowe[22] - Right Wing (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Mike Marson[19] - Forward (Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings)
  • Craig Martin[16] - Forward (Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers)
  • Sandy McCarthy [23] - Right Wing (Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins)
  • Mike McHugh[17] - Left Wing (Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks)
  • Tony McKegney[19] - Forward (Buffalo Sabres, Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Sean McMorrow[24] - Forward (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Ray Neufeld[19] - Right Wing (Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins)
  • Willie O'Ree (first black player in NHL)[25] - Right Wing (Boston Bruins)
  • Bill Riley [19] - Wing (Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets)
  • Nathan Robinson[26], Forward: (Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins)
  • Bernie Saunders[27] -Right Wing (Quebec Nordiques)
  • Reggie Savage[26] - Right Wing (Washington Capitals, Quebec Nordiques)
  • Graeme Townshend16] - Right Wing (Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators)
  • Claude Vilgrain[21] - Right Wing (Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Alton White - Right Wing (New York Raiders, Los Angeles Sharks , Michigan Stags , Baltimore Blades) of the (WHA). First hockey player of African descent to score 20 goals in a single season, as well as the first to score a hat-trick (1972-73) for a professional major league hockey team.
  • Peter Worrell[1] -Left Wing (Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche)


  • Sean Brown[1] - Defense (Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks)
  • Jason Doig[1] - Defense (Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Washington Capitals)
  • Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre[1] - Defense (Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Paul Jerrard (Bi-racial, Jamaican)[28] - Defense (Minnesota North Stars)
  • Rumun Ndur[16] - Defense (Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers)


  • Fred Brathwaite[1] (Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • Gerald Coleman4] (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Grant Fuhr (First black player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame)[29] (Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames)
  • Joaquin Gage[16] (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Tyrone Garner[30] (Calgary Flames)
  • Pokey Reddick[19] (Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers)
  • Kevin Weekes[1] (Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils)

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