2017 Toledo Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Forward - Toledo Goaldiggers [1980-1983]
Born: July 29, 1959
Archival video footage courtesy of WGTE Public Media
Acquired on waivers from the Fort Wayne Komets in 1980, Graham played on the Goaldiggers’ Turner Cup championship teams in 1982 and 1983, before appearing in more National Hockey League games than any other player in Toledo hockey history.
Signed to an NHL contract by the Minnesota North Stars during the 1982-83 season when he scored 70 goals and was named a first team International Hockey League all-star for Toledo, the Regina, Saskatchewan, native would go on to play a total of 862 regular season and playoff games over 13 seasons in the NHL, primarily with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nicknamed “Magic” for the things he could do on the ice, Graham became the first player of African descent to serve as captain of the Blackhawks (1988-95) and later as Chicago’s head coach.
He scored 182 goals and 174 assists for 356 points in 235 games in Toledo.