Hockey player becomes first black captain in Boston College history

hockey defender Marshal Warren proudly delayed turning pro when he became the first black player to Boston College to be named captain of the NCAA Division I school hockey team.

In April 2019, he became the first black player in the college’s 100-year hockey history.

Warren, 21, was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round (No. 166) of the 2019 NHL Draft.

In an interview with National Hockey League Staff Writer William DouglasWarren says becoming a team captain has always been his goal at BU.

“Being named captain meant the world to me, especially in a place like Boston College. It has always been a goal for me to be a leader and to be a captain at Boston College. When the opportunity came, it was so hard to pass it up,” Warren said in her interview.

Many believe four years of college experience will benefit the 21-year-old before he heads to the NHL.

“‘The draft is one thing, but it’s what you do after the draft,'” Warren recalled during his interview of what the Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin told him.

Warren was one of 17 players in USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team selected in the 2019 draft.

He added during his interview that he doesn’t feel he has to rush to turn pro as he now prepares for his senior season at Boston College.

Warren will now continue this historic accomplishment on the journey of his next life in the NHL.

According College Hockey players who appeared in at least one NHL game last season, 136 of 349 played at least three years in college, while 100 played all four years.

Across 31 NHL franchises, there are 713 total players on active rosters at any given time. In a report of WDET in Detroit, there were only 43 colored players.

Catherine J. Martinez