Six Nations’ “Buddy” Maracle may be the first Indigenous player in the NHL

Six Nations Parks and Recreation director Cheryl Henhawk proudly displays the New York Rangers Buddy Maracle shirt which was one of two donated by the New York Rangers. (Photo By Neil Becker)

By Neil Becker Sports Writer After more than 80 years since strapping on a New York Rangers shirt, Henry Elmer “Buddy” Maracle is finally being recognized as the first Indigenous hockey players to play in the NHL. Hockey history recorded Chicago Blackhawks forward Fred Saskamoose held that distinction after making his debut on February 27th 1954 against the Toronto Maple Leaf’s, but a relook at history shows Maracle, born at Six Nations hit the ice earlier. Maracle, a Mohawk, made history on March 1931 when the Rangers called him up and he scored four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and four penalty minutes in 11 games. While Maracle isn’t around today, his relatives were on hand when this past June at the Queen Elizabeth Arena in Ayre to mark his…

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