Indigenous Players in National Hockey League

By Sam Laskaris Zach Whitecloud will forever have fond memories of the 2023 National Hockey League playoffs. That’s because the defenceman, a member of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Manitoba, became a Stanley Cup champion. Whitecloud and his Vegas Golden Knights’ teammates captured the most prestigious trophy in hockey this past June. Vegas downed the Florida Panthers 4-1 in the NHL’s best-of-seven championship final series. What Whitecloud would undoubtedly love even more is to have the Golden Knights defend their crown and win another Cup next spring. Here’s closer look at Whitecloud and other Indigenous players on opening-night rosters when the NHL kicked off its 2023-24 regular season campaign on Oct. 10. ZACH WHITECLOUD Whitecloud is a 26-year-old defenceman in his sixth pro season, but, technically, he was not…

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