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"In the 2008-09 season, 20 players (mostly Canadian) of African ancestry are affiliated with the NHL. Almost 40 have retired in the history of the NHL."

If the question is how many African Americans have ever been drafted or played in the NHL, the answer is close to 100. Pictures and information can be found at the Black Hockey Players Wall of Fame, Excluding Canadian players of African heritage (and other non-Americans), in 2009-2010, there are I believe 28 American-born black players active in the NHL. The numbers appear to be slowly rising. Each year a few more are drafted.

Donald Brashear (half black[1]), Left Wing: (Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals)

Dustin Byfuglien (half black[2]), Right Wing: (Chicago Blackhawks)

Nigel Dawes (Half Jamaican) [3], Left Wing: (New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes)

Robbie Earl[4], Left Wing: (Minnesota Wild affiliate)

Mike Grier[1], Right Wing: (Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks)

Jarome Iginla (half Nigerian[1][5]), Right Wing: (Calgary Flames)

Georges Laraque[1], Right Wing: (Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens)

Jamal Mayers[1], Right Wing: (St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs)

Greg Mauldin[6], Right Wing: (Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators affiliate)

Kenndal McArdle, Left Wing: (Florida Panthers affiliate)

Kyle Okposo (half Nigerian[7]), Right Wing: (New York Islanders)

Wayne Simmonds[8], Right Wing: Los Angeles Kings

Anthony Stewart[5], Centre: (Florida Panthers)

Chris Stewart[3], Right Wing: (Colorado Avalanche)

Joel Ward[9], Right Wing: (Nashville Predators)

[edit] Defensemen

Shawn Belle[10]: (Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens affiliate)

Francis Bouillon (half Haitian[11]): (Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators)

Trevor Daley[12]: (Dallas Stars)

Mark Fraser[13]: (New Jersey Devils affiliate)

Derek Joslin (San Jose Sharks)

Johnny Oduya (half Kenyan[14]): (New Jersey Devils)

Theo Peckham: (Edmonton Oilers affiliate)

Bryce Salvador[15]: (St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils)

[edit] Goaltenders

Chris Beckford-Tseu (half-Jamaican)[16] (St. Louis Blues)

Kevin Weekes[1] (Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightining, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils)

Bold: Haven't played for their respective NHL team yet.

[edit] Past

Players retired or no longer playing with a NHL affiliate team.

[edit] Forwards

Darren Banks[17] - Left Wing (Boston Bruins)

Anson Carter[1] - Forward (Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets)

John Craighead[17] - Right Wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Dale Craigwell[17] - Centre (San Jose Sharks)

Steven Fletcher[18] - Left Wing (Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets)

Dirk Graham (one quarter Afro-Canadian)[19] - Right Wing (Minnesota North Stars, Chicago Blackhawks)

Val James[20] - Left Wing (Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs)

Brian Johnson[21] - Right Wing (Detroit Red Wings)

Nathan LaFayette[22] - Centre (St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings)

Darren Lowe[23] - Right Wing (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Mike Marson[20] - Forward (Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings)

Craig Martin[17] - Forward (Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers)

Sandy McCarthy [24] - Right Wing (Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins)

Mike McHugh[18] - Left Wing (Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks)

Tony McKegney[20] - Forward (Buffalo Sabres, Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks)

Sean McMorrow[25] - Forward (Buffalo Sabres)

Ray Neufeld[20] - Right Wing (Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins)

Willie O'Ree (first black player in NHL)[26] - Right Wing (Boston Bruins)

Bill Riley[20] - Wing (Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets)

Nathan Robinson[27], Forward: (Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins)

Bernie Saunders[28] -Right Wing (Quebec Nordiques)

Reggie Savage[27] - Right Wing (Washington Capitals, Quebec Nordiques)

Graeme Townshend[17] - Right Wing (Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators)

Claude Vilgrain[22] - Right Wing (Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers)

Peter Worrell[1] -Left Wing (Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche)

[edit] Defensemen

Sean Brown[1] - Defense (Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks)

Jason Doig[1] - Defense (Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Washington Capitals)

Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre[1] - Defense (Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Atlanta Thrashers)

Paul Jerrard (half Jamaican)[29] - Defense (Minnesota North Stars)

Rumun Ndur[17] - Defense (Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers)

[edit] Goaltenders

Fred Brathwaite[1] (Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets)

Gerald Coleman[5] (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Ray Emery[3] (Ottawa Senators)

Grant Fuhr (First black player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.)[30] (Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames)

Joaquin Gage[17] (Edmonton Oilers)

Tyrone Garner[31] (Calgary Flames)

Pokey Reddick[20] (Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers)

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Suggest you go to a hockey website such as that of the Hockey News or the NHL itself. Then check out the current roster of each team and simply count the number of American born players.

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The are 23 teams in the U.S.A. as of 2014.

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The NHL has 30 teams, 24 in the United States and 6 in Canada. The AHL currently has 29 teams, 25 in the U.S., 4 in Canada.

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23 of the 30 NHL teams are American.(The Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg, taking the number down one).

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24 teams

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