In honor of Black History Month, TheFHN will be featuring bios on all the black hockey players who have played in the NHL each day throughout the month.
Craig Martin was drafted 98th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. After being drafted, Martin would play two more seasons in the QMJHL before playing for the Montcon Hawks (AHL) Fort Wayne Komets (IHL) and Adirondack Red Wings (AHL). Martin would join the Jets in the 1994-95 season playing in 20 games before returning to the AHL to play for the Springfield Falcons.
Martin would make one more appearance in the NHL with the Florida Panthers before returning to the minor leagues for the remainder of his career.
Joaquin Gage was drafted 109th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. After playing for the Portland Winter Hawks and Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL, Gage would play in 23 games for the Oilers during two seasons. During that time, he would play 75 games for the minor league affiliate Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL.
After the 1995-96 season, Gage would continue his professional career primarily in the AHL which three stops in the ECHL playing for the Wheeling Nailers, Raleigh IceCaps and Augusta Lynx. After the 2000-01 season, Gage would continue his career overseas in the BISL, SEL, DEL, GER-2, ITA leagues before retiring after the 2007-08 season.
Jason Doig was drafted 34th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Doig debuted with the Jets during the 1995-96 skating in 15 games for the club while also spending time in the minors with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. During the season Doig also played with the Granby Predateurs of the QMJHL and won the Memorial Cup as the junior hockey championship of the CHL.
In 1997-98 Doig relocated with the Jets to Phoenix Arizona and played in two seasons again splitting time the Coyotes and Falcons. In March of 1999 he was traded to the New York Rangers and would again play the majority of his time in the AHL with the minor league affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack. During the 2000-01 season, Doig would net 6 points in the Calder Cup Playoffs as the Wolf Pack would go on to win the first professional sports championship in Connecticut history. Following his two seasons in the Rangers organization, Doig would be dealt to the Ottawa Senators before being aquired by the Washington Capitals during the 2002-03 season.
While with the Capitals, Doig would spend the majority of his time up in the NHL appearing in 120 games out of his 158 career total in two seasons. After the NHL lockout in 2004-05 Doig would play for the Manitoba Moose in the AHL before finishing his career over in Russia and Europe. In 2007, he would win the silver medal with Team Canada in the Spengler Cup.
John Craighead was an undrafted hockey player who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1996-97 season. Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Craighead’s professional career saw him play with the Johnstown Chiefs, Louisville Icehawks, Huntington Blizzard, Richmond Renegades of the ECHL, and Detroit Vipers of the IHL. Craighead would play in five games for the Maple Leafs while spending the majority of the season with the St. John’s Maple Leafs in the AHL.
After the 1996-97 season, Craighead would play two more season in the IHL before playing in Europe for 6 of the next 7 seasons.