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9 Native NHL Players to Watch This Season

Sam Laskaris
11/1/14

There's no shortage of Native players in the National Hockey League. Here’s a closer look at nine who were on the opening day rosters when the NHL kicked off its regular season in October.

Jordan Nolan - Los Angeles Kings

The 25-year-old forward is the youngest son of Buffalo Sabres' head coach Ted Nolan. Now in his fifth pro season, the younger Nolan has already achieved the sport's pinnacle twice: helping the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012, and then again this past spring. Nolan, whose father is Ojibwe and mother is Maliseet, is a 6-foot-3, 221-pound power forward. A role player, he primarily sees some action on the Kings' third and fourth lines.

Dwight King - Los Angeles Kings

King, a 25-year-old Metis, has a pro hockey resume that looks rather similar to Jordan Nolan’s. Like Nolan, King joined the Los Angeles squad midway through the 2011-12 campaign, and he also helped the Kings capture both of their league championships in the past three seasons. King is more offensively gifted than Nolan. He collected 30 points, including 15 goals, in 77 regular season contests last season and added 11 points in 26 playoff matches.

Carey Price - Montreal Canadiens

Price, a member of British Columbia's Ulkatcho First Nation, is one of the NHL's top goalies. The 27-year-old is now in his eighth pro season and has spent his entire NHL career in Montreal. Price also backstopped Canada to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics in Russia earlier this year, where he was named the tournament's top netminder. Price had a career best goals-against average of 2.32 this past season.

Rene Bourque - Montreal Canadiens

Bourque, a 32-year-old Metis forward, is a perfect example of a player with a never-give-up attitude. Though he was never drafted by an NHL squad, he eventually made it to the world's premier hockey circuit. Bourque entered the season having played a total 587 NHL games.  Now in his fourth season in Montreal, Bourque is trying to regain his scoring touch, after scoring nine goals in 63 games last year. Twice he scored 27 goals in a season with the Calgary Flames.

Kyle Chipchura - Arizona Coyotes

Chipchura, a 28-year-old Metis forward who turned pro in 2006, is coming off his best NHL season. He appeared in 80 games last season with the Phoenix Coyotes and collected 20 points, including five goals. Chipchura, who had bounced between the NHL and the minor leagues early on in his pro career, was highly regarded coming out of the junior ranks a decade ago. He was the Montreal Canadiens' first-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

 

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Submitted by marten on
This is a great thing to know about. I remember the '60s, when names like Gary Sargent, Reggie Leach and Stan Jonathan were playing. There must have been more, but I don't remember.

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Submitted by twistedchica8813 on
The photo shown for Cody McCormick (#8) on the Buffalo Sabres is actually a picture of Tyler Myers (#57)!

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Submitted by twistedchica8813 on
The photo shown for Cody McCormick (#8) on the Buffalo Sabres is actually a picture of Tyler Myers (#57)!
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