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Dirk Graham

Born:July 29, 1959Draft:1979 Canucks #89 Overall
Hometown:Regina, SKPosition:Right Wing
Known For:1st captain of African descentShoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Dirk Milton Graham (born July 29, 1959) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward who played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars in the National Hockey League. He was honored in 1991 as the Frank J. Selke Trophy winner for outstanding defensive play by a forward. Graham served as head coach of the Blackhawks during the 1998–99 season before being relieved of his duties after 59 games. Graham was the first NHL captain of African descent.

Years as an NHL player: 1983-1995
Years as an NHL coach: 1995-1999
Years as an NHL scout: 1997-present

Dirk Graham Chicago Blackhawks
Dirk Graham, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

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Coaching History

  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks (Asst. Coach) 1995-1996
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks (Head Coach) 1998-1999
  • AHL Springfield Falcons (Head Coach) 2004-2006
  • AHL Worcester Sharks (Development Coach) 2014-2015
  • AHL San Jose Barracuda (Development Coach) 2015-2020

Scouting History


  • Canada Cup Champion (1992)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy (1991)
  • IHL First All-Star Team (1983)
  • IHL Second All-Star Team (1981)
  • WHL Second All-Star Team (1979)