An 18-year-old Black hockey player has made history in a sport that has very few Blacks!
Quinton Byfield, who played the center position for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves, was drafted No.2 overall by the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night. That makes him the highest-drafted Black player in National Hockey League (NHL) history, according to ESPN.
Byfield is a native of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. His father, Clinton, is originally from Jamaica.
Previously, the highest selection for a Black player was the fourth pick, which was achieved two times. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane (2009, Atlanta Thrashers) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (2013, Nashville Predators) were the previously highest-drafted Black players in the NHL, at No. 4.
“Being in the record books for anything is definitely super special, but that especially,” Byfield said. “My dad and mom didn’t play hockey or didn’t have too much knowledge … Read the rest