The Great Eight: The Native Players Whose Names Are Etched on the Stanley Cup
After the Los Angeles Kings’ rout of the New Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup Monday night, two more players from Indian country had their names inscribed on the trophy. Lord Stanley’s Cup, the Holy Grail for hockey players, has been awarded to the NHL playoffs champion since 1926. Each season the names of the members of the championship club have their names etched onto the silver chalice. Now, the Kings’ rookie forwards Jordan Nolan, Ojibwe, and Dwight King, Métis, are among the honorees. We’ve counted six other Native players who have their names on the Cup: Are we missing anyone? Let us know!
George Armstrong, Ojibwe, Right Wing
Hockey Hall-of-Famer George “The Chief” Armstrong played 21 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and won four Stanley Cups in five seasons from 1947-1951.
Theoren Fleury, Métis/Cree, Right Wing
Like Nolan and King, Theoren “Theo” Fleury was a rookie when he won his Cup, as a member of the 1988-89 Calgary Flames. He went on to score 455 career goals in the NHL.
Grant Fuhr, Cree, Goalie
Hall-of-Famer Grant “Coco” Fuhr led the Edmonton Oilers to five Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1990.
Reggie Leach, Métis, Right Wing
Reggie “The Riverton Rifle” Leach earned his place on the Cup with a championship as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975-1976.
Chris Simon, Ojibwe, Left Wing
As a member of the Colorado Avalanche, the bruising Chris Simon, from Wawa, Ontario, scored 16 goals in the 1995-1996 season and earned his spot on Lord Stanley’s Cup that year.
Bryan Trottier, Métis, Center
Another Hall-of-Famer, Bryan “Trots” Trottier led his clubs to six Stanley Cups, including four straight with the New York Islanders in the early 1980s and another two with the Pittsburgh Penguins.