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Impact
Impact!
NHL.com's Online Magazine
January/2004, Vol. 2, Issue 5
  • NHL hockey attracts the world's best, brightest

  • Canada remains world's hockey factory

  • Top 10 places that produce NHL players

  • Minnesota loves hockey in all shapes and sizes

  • Mt. St. Charles symbolizes New England's love of hockey

  • Influx of Eastern Europeans changed NHL landscape

  • Swedes, Finns have long been NHL stars

  • Photo of the month

  • Back issues of Impact

  • Hard Check Trivia


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    Patrick Roy
    Many consider Patrick Roy, who played for Montreal and Colorado during his historic career, to be the best goalie to play in the NHL. He is one of several all-star goalies to hail from the hockey-mad city of Montreal.

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    Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- Considered by many to be the cradle of hockey, the city of Montreal has produced 29 current players, leading the way among the 71 players produced by the province of Quebec. The Montreal Canadiens rule supreme in this hockey-mad city and it is of little surprise that city has produced an amazing crop of goaltenders to follow in the footsteps of the recently retired Patrick Roy, who began his career with the Canadiens before moving on to Colorado.

    New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, Columbus' Marc Denis, Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Florida's Roberto Luongo, and Chicago's Jocelyn Thibault all hail from the city.

    Moscow, Russia -- Moscow is not only the charter city in Russia, it is the biggest hockey producer in Europe. Of the more than 40 players claiming Russian heritage, 19 hail from this legendary city, which has produced some of the greatest Russian players in the history of the NHL. Both New Jersey's Sergei Brylin and Dallas' Sergei Zubov have claimed the Stanley Cup, hockey's ultimate prize. Others like Carolina's Danny Markov, Boston's Sergei Samsonov and Chicago's Alexei Zhamnov are considered among the best at their positions.

    Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund
    The far northern Swedish city of Ornskoldsvik has the makings of its own NHL All-Star Team as it boasts two of the game's brightest stars in Vancouver sniper Markus Naslund and Colorado center Peter Forsberg.

    Ornskoldsvik, Sweden -- This northern Swedish city is almost forgotten, except when it comes to producing hockey players. The city is home to Colorado's Peter Forsberg, which is enough to merit its inclusion. But, the talent does not stop there. Another three natives of this city play huge rules for Western Conference powerhouse Vancouver. Markus Naslund, one of the game's true snipers, and the Sedin twins -- Henrik and Daniel -- also hail from here. Montreal right wing Niklas Sundstrom is the final evidence of the success of Ornskoldsvik's youth development system.

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- The highest-profile city in Ontario is also the leading exporter of hockey talent in the province. Of the 145 players hailing from Ontario, 19 are listed from Toronto, just edging Ottawa's 15. When surrounding communities are taken into account, the numbers for each of those two major population centers rise dramatically. In Toronto's case, the popularity of the Maple Leafs as well as the strong grip the Ontario Hockey League has on the populace are main factors in Toronto's ability to not only locate, but refine raw athletic talent. Detroit, which lies approximately three hours to the southwest, has benefited greatly from Toronto's largess. Youngster Darryl Bootland, grinder Kris Draper, goaltender Manny Legace and veteran defenseman Jason Woolley all were born in Toronto.

    Saku Koivu
    Many will argue that Montreal captain Saku Koivu is the most famous hockey export from the Finnish city of Turku.

    Turku, Finland - Located in the southwestern corner of Finland, Turku was the first capital of the country. It is also an excellent source for NHL players. Not only does the club team, TPS Turku, produce NHL players at a regular rate, but so too does the city's youth programs. Five of the more than 30 current Finns in the League call Turku home, one more than either Helsinki or Tampere can claim. Montreal captain Saku Koivu is arguably the most famous of those players, but Toronto defenseman Aki Berg, Atlanta goalie Jani Hurme, Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo also hail from Finland's oldest city.

    Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States -- There are only four Rhode Island-born players in the NHL today. Two were born in Providence, while the other two hail from nearby Woonsocket, less than 20 miles up the road. Additionally, all four played for Rhode Island high school powerhouse Mount St. Charles. Both Anaheim's Keith Carney and Boston's Jeff Jillson are from Providence, while Chicago's Bryan Berard, a No. 1 overall pick, and Brian Boucher of the Phoenix Coyotes are from Woonsocket.

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