Rumun Ndur, Sean Brown, Anson Carter, Mike Grier

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. 

Rumun Ndur

Rumun Ndur was the first Nigerian born NHL player in league history. Ndur was drafted 69th overall in the third round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

In 1996 while a member of the Sabres organization, he would win the Calder Cup with the AHL affiliate Rochester Americans. During that same season, he made his NHL debut and appeared in 2 games. He was traded to the New York Rangers during the 1998-99 season and would play in 31 games for the Rangers as well as 6 games for the AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack. After one season in New York, he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers where he would play his final NHL games. Ndur played in a total of 69 games scoring 5 points in his NHL career.

After the NHL, Ndur played in the minor leagues and also became the first African player to play professional hockey in Slovenia, playing for HK Jesenice. After the 2008-09 season playing in Britain for the Nottingham Panthers, Ndur retired.

Sean Brown

Sean Brown was drafted 21st overall in first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Less than a year after being drafted, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he would next seasons mainly with the club.

At the trade deadline in 2002, Brown was traded back to the Bruins where he played in 81 games over the parts of two seasons before signing as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils. Brown would play in the Devils organization for two seasons before again being dealt by the trade deadline, this time to the Vancouver Canucks. He would finish out the season and his NHL career during that 2005-06 season before retiring from the NHL.

After 436 games in the NHL, the defenseman scored 57 points (14G,43A) and amassed 907 PIMs. He would go on to play for 5 seasons in Europe.

Anson Carter

Anson Carter was drafted 220th overall in the 10th round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. Prior to debuting in the NHL, Carter would have a successful collegiate career at Michigan State University, earning CCHA First All-Star Team awards in 1994 and 1995, Second All-Star team award in 1996 and the NCAA West Second All-American Team award in 1995.

Carter would make his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals after being traded by the relocated Nordiques who were now the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996-97 season. For Carter, this would be his first of two stops with the Capitals during his NHL career as well as his first of two blockbuster trades he would be involved in during his career. On March 1st, 1997, Carter was part of a blockbuster deal that sent Adam Oates, Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet to the Capitals. He would go on to play for the Bruins in 3 full seasons before being traded again, this time to the Edmonton Oilers.

In Edmonton, Carter would score his career highs in both goals and assists. Amassing 60 points during the 2001-02 season. Later in the 2002-03 season, Carter would be traded to the New York Rangers. After the season, Carter played for Team Canada in the 2003 World Championships where he scored the gold medal clinching goal in overtime against Sweden. The following season, Carter would find himself part of another blockbuster trade. In January 2004, Carter would be traded back to the Capitals for disgruntled NHL star Jaromir Jagr. His tenure with the Capitals would end faster this time around as he was traded again in March to the Los Angeles Kings. Carter would continue to bounce around the NHL as a free agent and via trades playing for the Vancouver Canucks where he set a new career high in goals with 33 as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes.

After 11 seasons in the NHL, Anson Carter would play in 674 games scoring 421 points (202G,219A)

Mike Grier

Mike Grier was drafted 219th overall in the 9th round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. While playing college hockey at Boston University, Grier’s rights were traded to the Edmonton Oilers along with goaltender Curtis Joseph.

Grier would immediately make the Oilers roster after leaving BU in the 1996-97 season. After a successful rookie campaign where he scored over 30 point (15G,17A) Grier would go on to play 6 seasons with the Oilers he was traded to the Washington Capitals. Grier would be traded by the Capitals to the Buffalo Sabres the following season. Grier would have two stops in Buffalo where he would appear in the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals with the club and then sign with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent for the following season. Grier would spend 3 seasons with the Sharks before returning to Buffalo for 2 more seasons to end his NHL career.

Grier appeared in over 1,000 NHL games (1060) and was the 254th player in NHL history to do so. Over his career he scored 383 points (162G,221A)

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