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The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time 

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Updated February 7, 2020 11.6k votes 1.9k voters 51.8k views 53 items

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, Donald Brashear, and the ageless wonder Jarome Iginla. If you're looking for best black goalies of all time, you will find them below, as well, including players like Grant Fuhr, Kevn Weekes, and Ray Emery.

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 hockey players, whether they are current players in the NHL or former stars. 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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Jarome Iginla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
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P. K. Subban is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#220 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #59 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL Historylisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Grant Fuhr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Shawn McCarthy added Goaltender

Birthplace: Spruce Grove, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nationality: United States of America

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#381 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #57 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL Historylisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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

Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#78 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players #17 of 115 The Best Philadelphia Flyers of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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

Birthplace: Arlington, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

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#95 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players #3 of 84 The Greatest Columbus Blue Jackets of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Evander Kane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
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Anson Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Right wing

Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#45 of 97 The Greatest Edmonton Oilers of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Ray Emery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Goaltender

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#98 of 104 The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time #13 of 20 The Most Violent Enforcers in NHL Historylisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Nationality: United States of America

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#65 of 275 The Greatest Buffalo Sabres of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Mike Grier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Right wing, Winger

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Nationality: United States of America

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#57 of 275 The Greatest Buffalo Sabres of All Time #52 of 97 The Greatest Edmonton Oilers of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Joel Ward is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
swag added Right wing

Birthplace: North York, Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

13
Johnny Oduya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

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#34 of 47 The Best Swedish NHL Players #105 of 140 The Greatest Chicago Blackhawks of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Anthony Duclair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
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Darnell Nurse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Kevin Weekes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
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Trevor Daley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Trevor Daley Defenseman

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#24 of 55 The Greatest Dallas Stars Of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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

Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#62 of 91 The Best Washington Capitals of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#37 of 97 The Greatest Edmonton Oilers of All Time #12 of 32 32 Famous Athletes Who Are Veganlisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Donald Brashear is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Left Wing

Birthplace: Bedford, Shawswick Township, Indiana

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

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Malcolm Subban is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Goaltender

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Fred Brathwaite is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
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Tony McKegney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
LintonGarner added Left Wing

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Chris Stewart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
Right wing, Winger, Forward

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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#57 of 80 The Greatest Colorado Avalanche Players of All Timelisted on List of Black Hockey Players

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Dirk Graham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
LintonGarner added Right wing

Birthplace: Regina, Canada

Nationality: Canada