Although the NHL does devote effort to diversity through its NHL Diversity Program and "Hockey is For Everyone" initiative, it does not record, as far as we know, the ethnicity of every player. Our ability to add players to this site is really dependent on our own observations of the annual NHL entry draft (which is not entirely televised) and reports from insiders, bloggers, and fans. If you know of a black player recently drafted or one that does not currently appear on our site, please contact us to correct the oversight. Similarly, if you spot any errors, we apologize in advance and appreciate all the help we can get to keep this site up-to-date and accurate.
In the 21st Century, most successful players having benefitted from the pioneering efforts of men like Herb Carnegie and Willie O'Ree will likely tell you they work hard to be great hockey players - period. They're not trying to be the best "black" players or the best "minority" players. This site is important, however, because many long-time fans and those new the the game are unfamiliar with the numbers and names of black players who have been recognized by National Hockey League teams over the years. Truthfully, the numbers remain disproportionately small, however, they are rising steadily thanks to efforts of all the men pictured on this site as well as those who came before them in the Colored Hockey Leagues of the Maritimes.