NHL Hockey History Tour 2023
Significant contributions of Black NHL players
The first Black pioneer of Professional hockey and inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2022. Carnegie was a fixture at the top of league scoring and won the Quebec Senior Hockey League’s MVP award in three consecutive seasons, 1947, 1948 and 1949.
Is best known for being the first Black player in the NHL. He played his first game in the NHL on January 18, 1958. In 2008, Willie O’Ree received the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award given to a Canadian Citizen. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 2018.
Tony was the 2nd overall pick in the 1974 Ontario Hockey Association Major Junior draft by the Kingston Canadians. He was the top scoring forward in the NHL for 17 seasons beginning with the Buffalo Sabres in 1979-80. He was the first Black player to score 40 goals in a single season in 1987-88 with St. Louis Blues.
Born in Ocala, Florida, he was the first American born player to play in the NHL with Buffalo in 1981-82 and Toronto in 1986-87. He was selected in the 16th round, 184th overall in the 1977 NHL draft. In 1983, James scored the winning goal for Rochester in the AHL Calder Cup.
Grant Fuhr played 19 seasons and 868 career NHL games. He is the first Black goalie to play in the NHL in 1981-82 with Edmonton, and the first Black player to win the Stanley Cup with Edmonton in 1984. He won the Stanley Cup 5 times. Grant was the first Black player to be inducted into the (HHOF) in 2003
Dirk played 12 seasons in the NHL between 1983 and 1994 for the Minnesota North Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks. He was the first Black NHL captain in 1988-89 with Chicago. and also the first Black NHL Head coach in 1988 also with Chicago. Dirk was also honoured in 1991 as the Frank J. Selke trophy winner for outstanding play by a forward.
The first Black player to play in the Olympics with Team Canada in 1984, and the first Black NHL player to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1983-84. He was the first Black Head coach of a Canadian University Hockey Team (University of Toronto in 1995 until 2016-17) 22 seasons.
The first African American born player to play U.S College (University of Maine), and the NHL for parts of 3 seasons, beginning with the Minnesota North Stars in 1988-89.
He was the first Black player to total over 1000 pts with 1300 career points in his career, and first Black player to score over 50 goals with 52 in the 2001-02 season with Calgary. He has the most all-time games played for a Black player with 1554 games. Jarome was inducted into the (HHOF) in 2021.
The first Black defenseman to win the Norris Trophy (awarded to the NHL‘s most valuable defenseman) in 2013 with the Montreal Canadiens. He played 13 seasons and 834 career NHL games for the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils