The first black player in the NHL was Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins.
It's impossible to know who the first black hockey player was!! However, if you mean the first to play in the NHL, it was Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins.
A photo gallery with stats for evey black player who has been drafted by or played in the NHL is the Black Hockey Players Wall of Fame.
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The first black player in the NHL was Willie O'Ree. He played for the Boston Bruins.
Willie O'Ree was the first black hockey player to play professionally in the NHL. He played his first NHL game in 1956, suiting up for the Boston Bruins. He is currently heavily involved in the NHL's "Hockey is for Everyone" campaign, launched to encourage children of all backgrounds to get involved in ice hockey.
The first Canadian to play in the NHL is every player on both teams for the first NHL game - Montreal Wanderers vs. Toronto Arenas, Dec. 19th, 1917.
the first time a black player stepped on the ice for a full Nhl game was Willie O'Ree