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The NHL has come a long way since Willie O’Ree debuted as the first Black hockey player (ironically enough for the Boston Bruins) in the late ‘50s.

During the 80’s and 90’s goalie Grant Fuhr helped the Edmonton Oilers win five Stanley Cups and he would later become the first Black hockey player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. With the NHL playoff hunt for the Stanley Cup in full effect, what better time than now to highlight some of hockey’s best Black players?

African-American players are becoming increasingly prominent in the sport, and here you can check out the current top 10 in the gallery.

NHL Awards 2016 held at The Joint – Arrivals
Featuring: PK Subban
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
When: 22 Jun 2016
Credit: DJDM/WENN.com

Photo: AP Photo

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