Six Indigenous players selected at NHL Entry Draft

By Sam Laskaris Writer When the Stanley Cup finalists were determined this past spring it was guaranteed that an Indigenous player would be among those celebrating at the conclusion of the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs. As it turned out it was Zach Whitecloud, a Sioux Valley Dakota Nation member and his Vegas Golden Knights’ teammates who were crowned Stanley Cup champions. The Golden Knights defeated the Florida Panthers, which featured Six Nations defenceman Brandon Montour 4-1 in their best-of-seven championship final. Meanwhile, according to Hockey Indigenous, an organization that promotes Indigenous players, there are now six more Indigenous players closer to fulfilling their pro dreams. It remains to be seen of course whether any of them will go on to become a member of a Stanley Cup-winning squad. Those…

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