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List Rules Vote up the greatest black hockey players ever to play in the NHL

At first glance, you might not think there are many black professional hockey players, but as this list of black NHL players shows, there have been plenty of talented hockey players who have laced up the skates and hit the ice. Famous hockey players include Anson Carter, Wayne Simmonds, P.K. Subban, Ray Emery, Donald Brashear, and the ageless wonder Jarome Iginla.

Below, you'll find an extensive list of some of the greatest black NHL players, including African American hockey players, to ever play the game below. Now it's your turn to vote on who you think are the best black NHL players of all time. If we've missed anyone, feel free to add them to the list so that other hockey fans can vote on your additions!

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301 112
Jarome Iginla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Jarome Iginla Right wing

2
211 61
Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Shawn McCarthy added Grant Fuhr Goaltender

3
348 129
P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
P. K. Subban Defenseman

4
158 72
Dustin Byfuglien is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Dustin Byfuglien Defenseman, Forward

5
199 78
Wayne Simmonds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Wayne Simmonds Right wing

6
124 52
Seth Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Seth Jones Defenseman

7
124 69
Anson Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Anson Carter Right wing

8
109 44
Evander Kane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Evander Kane Left Wing, Centerman

9
77 38
Joel Ward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
swag added Joel Ward Right wing

10
92 57
Kyle Okposo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Kyle Okposo Right wing

11
88 49
Ray Emery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Ray Emery Goaltender

12
58 26
Johnny Oduya is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Johnny Oduya Defenseman

13
70 45
Mike Grier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Mike Grier Right wing, Winger

14
72 43
Kevin Weekes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Kevin Weekes Goaltender

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59 39
Trevor Daley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Trevor Daley Defenseman

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67 47
Donald Brashear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Donald Brashear Left Wing

17
84 58
Malcolm Subban is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Malcolm Subban Goaltender

18
57 45
Devante Smith-Pelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Devante Smith-Pelly Right wing

19
51 42
Georges Laraque is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Georges Laraque Right wing

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33 42
Bryce Salvador is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Bryce Salvador Defenseman

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37 13
Darnell Nurse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time

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31 8
Dirk Graham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
LintonGarner added Dirk Graham Right wing

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36 48
Chris Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Chris Stewart Right wing, Winger, Forward

24
43 45
Fred Brathwaite is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Fred Brathwaite Goaltender

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29 11
Tony McKegney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
LintonGarner added Tony McKegney Left Wing

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28 11
Anthony Duclair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Anthony Duclair

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21 32
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time

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29 44
Emerson Etem is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Emerson Etem Right wing

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25 34
Pokey Reddick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Pokey Reddick Goaltender

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20 28
Theo Peckham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Theo Peckham Defenseman

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21 31
Ray Neufeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Ray Neufeld Right wing

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22 33
Nigel Dawes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Nigel Dawes Left Wing

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20 32
Peter Worrell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Peter Worrell Left Wing

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17 31
Jason Doig is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Jason Doig Defenseman

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14 35
Anthony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Anthony Stewart Right wing

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16 33
Bill Riley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Bill Riley Right wing

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16 35
Tyrone Garner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Tyrone Garner Goaltender

38
18 40
Greg Mauldin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Greg Mauldin Forward, Right Wing

39
15 36
Darren Archibald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Darren Archibald Forward, Left Wing

40
11 29
Graeme Townshend is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Graeme Townshend Forward, Right Wing

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12 40
Derek Joslin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Derek Joslin Defenseman

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15 33
Justin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Justin Johnson Forward, Right Wing

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13 36
Robbie Earl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Robbie Earl Forward, Left Wing

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12 29
Paul Jerrard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Paul Jerrard Defenseman

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9 30
Reggie Savage is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Reggie Savage Right wing

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9 30
Shawn Belle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Shawn Belle Defenseman

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8 28
Joaquin Gage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Joaquin Gage Goaltender

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9 27
William Douglas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
William Douglas

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7 27
Rumun Ndur is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Rumun Ndur Defenseman

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8 27
Nathan Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Nathan Robinson Left Wing