Eight Native players have their names etched on the Stanley Cup

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.

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mlarson's picture
Submitted by mlarson on
What about defenseman Sheldon Souray, Metis, with the 2000 New Jersey Devils???

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Submitted by mlarson on
Bruins' Stan Jonathan? (In the early 70s?) He's Six Nations.

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Submitted by jillcresey-gross on
I was just going to suggest Stan, good thing I checked the comments first!

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Submitted by mlarson on
One definite omission, which the Native Canadian-American Indian Sports History page on Facebook pointed out: Clarence "Taffy" Abel, Chippewa, 1934 Chicago Blackhawks.

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Submitted by desconrad on
Grant Fuhr is not an Indian, First Nations or Metis. He is half Black.

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Submitted by desconrad on
Gtant Fuhr's wikipedia page lists him as half black and half white. If he was part Cree as others state (mistakenly claim or repeat?)you think he would be bothered to refer to himself as half Cree and half black. I wouldn't list anyone who doesn't even self-identify. Seem's kind of desperate.

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Submitted by editors on
Our primary source is Indian Time, an Akwesasne publication. For now, we trust it more than wikipedia.

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Submitted by wovokanarchy on
Reggie Leach's son Jamie Leach ( Anishanabe Beren's River First Nation) won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Submitted by jobeedoe on
the time period for George Armstrong is wrong ........... he was definetly on the Leafs last stanley cup team in 1967