How Many Black Nhl Hockey Players Are There? [Expert Guide!]

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It’s time for hockey season and that means it’s time for the NHL (National Hockey League) season as well. The NHL is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world and it’s great to see the NHL embracing the idea of diversifying its audience by having more black players in its organization. The NHL has 8 teams in the league that are currently all-white and it would be amazing to see more minorities in sports, especially hockey.

Did you know that there are only two black players in the entire NHL? It’s true, and while that might not seem like a lot, it’s actually pretty low considering how popular the NHL is. The Philadelphia Flyers are one of the two teams with two black players, and they even have a black superstar in the form of Scottie Muller. Interestingly, the Flyers are one of the few teams in the NHL that actually have a significant number of black fans. This is probably because they have a lot of great players and coaching staff, but it still shows that even though the NHL is trying to be more representative of the American society, it has some work to do.

How Did The NHL Go From Zero To Two Black Hockey Players?

Although there are only two black NHL players, which is significantly lower than the amount of black hockey players you would expect to see in the league, the NHL didn’t start completely empty when it came to having black players. A few years back, the NHL had no black players at all. Not even one. It would be great to see more players of color and it took some serious campaigning by civil rights activists and community leaders to finally get the NHL to acknowledge the talent below the surface and integrate the game.

There were some seriously bad ass black hockey players in those days, and even today, a lot of them are still playing. Hockey Hall of Famer Reggie Fleming is one of the best example of a player who changed the game with his skill and leadership, and there were many other talented African Americans who rose to the occasion as well. Just because the NHL is doing this now doesn’t mean that good hockey players should be limited to just two teams in the entire league. Hopefully, with more people of color getting involved, the NHL will continue to diversify its audience and create more opportunities for athletes of all colors.

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