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Born February 14, 1957 (1957-02-14) (age 52),
Ocala, FL, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Pro clubs Buffalo Sabres
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 184th overall, 1977
Detroit Red Wings
Career 1978 – 1988

Val James (Born February 14, 1957 in Ocala, Florida) is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger who played 2 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs. James was the first African-American to play in the NHL when he debuted with the Sabres.

Playing career

James was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 16th Round, 184th overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft after playing 2 seasons in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts. James made his NHL debut for the Buffalo Sabres during the 1981-82 NHL season, playing seven games. His next NHL stint came in the 1986-87 NHL season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing four games. James holds the distinction of being the first Floridian and first African-American to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

External links

Val James's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database


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