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U.S.-born players on track for all-time high

Friday, 02.17.2012 / 11:16 PM / Hockey Weekend Across America

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U.S.-born players on track for all-time high
As we approach Hockey Weekend Across America, the number of NHL players born in the United States is set to hit an all-time high.
As we approach Hockey Weekend Across America, the number of NHL players born in the United States is set to hit an all-time high.

Of the 927 skaters and goaltenders who have played at least one game in the NHL this season, 214, or 23.1 percent, were born in the United States. Those 214 players were born in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Minnesota is first with 46 players, followed by Michigan with 34 and New York with 29. The total of New York by itself is greater than all countries except Canada, the Czech Republic and Sweden.

The percentage of U.S.-born players in the NHL when it expanded from six to 12 teams in 1967-68 was 2 percent. That rose to 12 percent during 1979-80, the season of the "Miracle on Ice" at theWinter Olympics in Lake Placid, and to 17 percent in 1996-97, the season following Team USA's triumph in the World Cup of Hockey in September 1996.

This season's figure is on track to be the highest ever.

Goals: All-Time Goals: Active Players
Mike Modano        561    Livonia, Mich.
Keith Tkachuk     538    Melrose, Mass.
Jeremy Roenick    513    Boston, Mass.
Joe Mullen           502    New York, N.Y.
Pat LaFontaine    468    St. Louis, Mo.
Bill Guerin         429    Worcester, Mass.
Tony Amonte       416    Hingham, Mass.
John LeClair       406    St. Albans, Vt.
Ed Olczyk           342    Chicago, Ill.
Scott Young       342    Clinton, Mass.
Brian Rolston, NYI             339    Flint, Mich.
Jamie Langenbrunner, STL    241    Cloquet, Minn.
Brian Gionta, MTL               217    Rochester, N.Y.
Jason Blake, ANA                 211    Moorhead, Minn.
Erik Cole, MTL                    206    Oswego, N.Y.
Matt Cullen, MIN                192    Virginia, Minn.
Zach Parise, NJ                  184    Minneapolis, Minn.
David Legwand, NSH           182    Detroit, Mich.
Scott Gomez, MTL              168    Anchorage, Alaska
Phil Kessel, TOR                158    Madison, Wis.
Ryan Malone, TB                 158    Pittsburgh, Pa.
Points: All-Time Points: Active Players
Mike Modano        1374    Livonia, Mich.
Phil Housley        1232    St. Paul, Minn.
Jeremy Roenick    1216    Boston, Mass.
Keith Tkachuk      1065    Melrose, Mass.
Joe Mullen           1063    New York, N.Y.
Doug Weight       1033    Warren, Mich.
Brian Leetch        1028    Corpus Christi, Tex.
Pat LaFontaine     1013    St. Louis, Mo.
Chris Chelios      948    Chicago, Ill.
Neal Broten          923    Roseau, Minn.
Brian Rolston, NYI             746    Flint, Mich.
Scott Gomez, MTL               683    Anchorage, Alaska
Jamie Langenbrunner, STL    657    Cloquet, Minn.
Matt Cullen, MIN                 529    Virginia, Minn.
Jason Blake, ANA                 483    Moorhead, Minn.
David Legwand, NSH            482    Detroit, Mich.
Erik Cole, MTL                    434    Oswego, N.Y.
Tim Connolly, TOR             421    Syracuse, N.Y.
Brian Gionta, MTL               419    Rochester, N.Y.
Zach Parise, NJ                    390    Minneapolis, Minn.
Games Played: All-Time Games Played: Active Players
Chris Chelios        1651    Chicago, Ill.
Mike Modano          1499    Livonia, Mich.
Phil Housley          1495    St. Paul, Minn.
Jeremy Roenick       1363    Boston, Mass.
Mathieu SchneideR  1289    New York, N.Y.
Bill Guerin             1263    Worcester, Mass.
Craig Ludwig         1256    Rhinelander, Wis.
Doug Weight          1238    Warren, Mich.
Brian Rolston        1231    Flint, Mich.
Brian Leetch          1205  Corpus Christi, Texas
Brian Rolston, NYI     1231    Flint, Mich.
Jamie Langenbrunner, STL    1090    Cloquet, Minn.
Hal Gill, NSH              1047    Concord, Mass.
Matt Cullen, MIN         1014    Virginia, Minn.
Scott Gomez, MTL        892    Anchorage, Alaska
Jay Pandolfo, NYI        859    Winchester, Mass.
Jason Blake, ANA         847    Moorhead, Minn.
Jeff Halpern, WSH       847    Washington, D.C.
David Legwand, NSH    821    Detroit, Mich.
Tom Poti, WSH            808    Worcester, Mass.
Wins by Goaltender: All-Time Wins: Active Goaltenders
John Vanbiesbrouck    374    Detroit, Mich.
Tom Barrasso             369    Boston, Mass.
Mike Richter               301    Abington, Pa.
Frank Brimsek             252    Eveleth, Minn.
Ryan Miller                 237    Lansing, Mich.
Guy Hebert                  191    Troy, N.Y.
Tim Thomas                 185    Flint, Mich.
Jon Casey                    170    Grand Rapids, Minn.
Chris Terreri             151    Providence, R.I.
Mike Dunham                141    Johnson City, N.Y.
Ryan Miller, BUF              237    Lansing, Mich.
Tim Thomas, BOS             185    Flint, Mich.
Brent Johnson, PIT          137    Farmington, Mich.
Rick DiPietro, NYI           130    Winthrop, Mass.
Craig Anderson, OTT       125    Park Ridge, Ill.
Jonathan Quick, LA          120    Milford, Conn.
Brian Boucher, CAR         119    Woonsocket, R.I.
Jimmy Howard, DET          107    Syracuse, N.Y.
Ty Conklin, DET                 94    Anchorage, Alaska
Scott Clemmensen, FLA      60    Des Moines, Iowa

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Active NHL players by state of birth:
STATE: Players:
Minnesota
Michigan
New York
Massachusetts
Wisconsin
46
34
29
15
13
Illinois
Pennsylvania
Connecticut
Alaska
California
11
10
9
7
5
Missouri
New Jersey
New Hampshire
Utah
Colorado
4
4
3
3
2
Indiana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Washington
2
2
2
2
2
Arizona
Dist of Columbia
Delaware
Florida
Iowa
1
1
1
1
1
Maine
Nebraska
Rhode Island
Texas
1
1
1
1

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