By: Robert Williams
Hockey is a well acknowledged and attractive sport in the world. The game has already offered a lot of things to keep in hockey lovers hearts. The National Hockey League (NHL), Olympics hockey games, and many others hockey leagues in the world have played a huge role in taking the sport to the world where the sport was completely unknown. It is a sport that presented the world a number of great players of all time including black hockey players. Here are top ten great black hockey players of all time:
- Grant Fuhr
Grant Fuhr was born on September 28, 1962. He is a Canadian previous ice hockey goaltender in the NHL. He is a past goaltending coach for the Arizona Coyotes. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. Six All-star games, five Stanley Cups, and a Hall of Fame Induction tell his reputation in the sport of hockey. He is best known for a decade of stellar play for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s.
2. Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla was born on July 1, 1977. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. At present, he plays for the Colorado Avalanche in NHL. A six-time NHL All-Star and winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award, Iginla is the Flames’ all-time leader in goals, points, and games played. He is one of seven players in NHL history to score 30 goals in 11 successive seasons and also one of 19 players in NHL history to score above 600 goals. He has recorded over 1,200 points in his career.
3. Mike Grier
Mike Grier was born on January 5, 1975. He was an American professional ice hockey winger. He could play for four teams in NHL including the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, and Buffalo Sabres. He was able to play 1,060 NHL games above 14 NHL seasons. (You can secure NHL tickets for 2016-17 season from here and watch live actions of some great black players out there). He was a specialist known for his ability to destroy penalties and block the opposition’s best players. Mike Grier is considered to be the first Black U.S born and U.S trained player in the NHL.
- P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban was born on May 13, 1989. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. Presently, he plays for the Nashville Predators in NHL. He is a top defenceman in NHL and an Olympic Gold Medal winner. He has won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman in 2013.
- Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien was born on March 27, 1985. He is an American professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets in NHL. He is also an alternate captain for the Jets and is an NHL star. He has played both forward and defense in his career. He has become the heart and soul for the jets.
- Wayne Simmonds
Wayne Simmonds was born on August 26, 1988. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He presently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers in NHL. He is recognized amongst his teammates by the nickname Simmer. Simmonds is a steady offensive for his team and assisted Philadelphia re-define its team.
- Anson Carter
Anson Carter was born on June 6, 1974. He was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. He is an experienced campaigner and has played for eight different NHL teams including the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks. Together with his exceptional play, Carter was also recognized for his great hockey hair.
- Evander Kane
Evander Kane was born on August 2, 1991. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger. He presently plays for the Buffalo Sabres in NHL. Kane also won gold medals with Team Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, 2009 World Junior Championships and also participated in the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
- George Laraque
Georges Laraque was born on December 7, 1976. He is a Canadian ice hockey player. He is also a sports commentator, and politician. At present, Laraque plays for Lokomotiv Fana in Norway’s Second Division. Laraque has a 14-year playing experience in NHL. He was a deputy leader of Canada’s National Green Party and he is also one of the most feared fighters in NHL history.
- Ray Emery
Ray Emery was born on September 28, 1982. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. Emery was able to lead the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006–07 season. He is also called as Razor or Sugar Ray by his teammates due to his aggressive playing style. He could win a Stanley Cup in 2013 and also the William M. Jennings Trophy.