The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time

Over 3.0K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest Black NHL Players of All Time
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Vote up the greatest Black hockey players ever to play in the NHL.
Latest additions: Dale Craigwell, Willie O'Ree
Most divisive: Ray Neufeld

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
    Right wing
    1,535 votes
    • Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada

    Throughout his illustrious career, Jarome Iginla not only broke barriers but also stood out as one of the most prolific scorers and dominant power forwards in NHL history. Best known for his striking combination of skill, physicality and leadership, Iginla amassed over 1,300 points across 20 seasons, cementing his legacy as a future Hall of Famer. His impact on the ice was undeniable, leading the Calgary Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, and inspiring a generation of young black hockey players to follow in his footsteps.

  • Grant Fuhr
    1,179 votes
    • Birthplace: Spruce Grove, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada

    The formidable goaltender Grant Fuhr etched his name into hockey history as a vital component of the Edmonton Oilers' dynasty during the 1980s. With five Stanley Cup championships under his belt, Fuhr's combination of lightning-quick reflexes and seemingly superhuman ability to stay cool under pressure made him a nightmare for opposing offenses. Today, he is celebrated as a pioneer for black athletes in the NHL and a testament to what determination and resilience can achieve.

  • P. K. Subban
    1,533 votes
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada

    Few players have captured the hearts of hockey fans quite like P. K. Subban, who is not only known for his elite-level skill and dazzling plays on the ice, but also his infectious personality and charisma off the ice. As a fast-skating, puck-moving defenseman with exceptional offensive instincts, Subban has become a household name among NHL fans and an inspiration to aspiring black athletes in the sport. Furthermore, his philanthropic endeavors and commitment to the communities he's played for have earned him admiration and respect across the league.

  • Dustin Byfuglien
    Defenseman, Forward
    919 votes
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Nationality: United States of America

    Dustin Byfuglien is a true NHL enigma - a player whose style of play is as unique and versatile as his storied career. Standing tall at 6'5", Byfuglien has found success as both a physical defenseman and a powerful forward, earning him a reputation as one of the league's most feared and respected opponents. As the first black player to score a hat trick in a playoff game and a vital contributor to the Chicago Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup victory, Byfuglien consistently defies expectations and redefines the limits of what an NHL player can accomplish.

  • Wayne Simmonds
    Right wing
    923 votes
    • Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada

    Throughout his career, Wayne Simmonds has been known for his relentless work ethic, fierce competitiveness, and ability to contribute offensively as a hard-nosed power forward. A talented goal-scorer and punishing opponent on the ice, Simmonds has carved out a reputation as one of the toughest and most tenacious players in the NHL today. Off the ice, he has become a champion for diversity in hockey, speaking candidly about his experiences as a black athlete and inspiring countless future players of all backgrounds.

  • Seth Jones

    Seth Jones

    795 votes
    • Birthplace: Arlington, Texas
    • Nationality: American

    Seth Jones, son of former NBA player Popeye Jones, has swiftly emerged as one of the NHL's most promising young defensemen and a leader both on and off the ice. With his exceptional skating ability, intelligence, and poise, Jones has quickly become an indispensable asset to the Columbus Blue Jackets, anchoring their blue line with aplomb. Moreover, his dedication to growing the sport of hockey in underrepresented communities and being an active role model for aspiring black athletes cannot be understated.