Of all the names on this list, this is the one that you should remember. Kevin Weekes has been the name that Carolina Hurricanes fans will quickly get to when asked to name any players of color to have ever played for the team. For good reason too.
Of all the names on this list, Kevin played for Carolina the longest. He also had the most success helping the team go to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002. With 119 games played as a Carolina Hurricane Weekes went 39-54-20 with a 2.39 GAA and a 0.912 Sv % and eleven shutouts.
After being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2001-2002 season he quickly found himself in the playoffs. He played eight games going 3-2 as he helped Irbe push the team to the Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. He only saw playoff action with the Hurricanes and the Rangers.
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He continued to play for the Hurricanes as the primary goalie for the next two seasons.
Weekes ended up playing for seven teams in his eleven-year career. Of all the places he has played, he played the longest for Carolina and it remains his favorite NHL team. Don’t fact-check me, just take my word. But in seriousness, he always has excellent things to say about the Carolina Hurricanes and their fans.
He has since moved on to doing broadcasting and unless you live under a rock you can easily find him on NHL Network on shows such as On the Fly and NHL Tonight. Weekes might be the only one on those shows who has yet to underestimate the Carolina Hurricanes and their fanbase.
I hope that more and more players of color rise through the ranks and are given a fair shake and a fair opportunity to make the NHL. This sport is for everyone and the more there are the more young people of color will aspire to play and the more they will rise up to inspire young athletes of their own.
Until then the only statement I can make is this:
Black Lives Matter