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This list of the greatest American hockey players includes some of the NHL's best players, including Mike Modano, Jeremy Roenick, Jonathan Quick, and Ed Olczyk. Many of these great US-born hockey players have also played for the U.S. Olympic hockey team. Some of them are goal-scoring legends, while others are some of the NHL's greatest goalies and defensemen. Many of these American-born hockey players are on a list of Stanley Cup champions and have seen extensive NHL Playoffs experience.

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Mike Modano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Livonia, Michigan, United States of America Michael Thomas Modano, Jr. is a retired American professional ice hockey player, who played primarily for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise. He is the all-time goal-scoring and ...more

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Brett Hull is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Belleville, Canada Brett Andrew Hull is a Canadian-American former National Hockey League player and general manager, and currently an executive vice president of the St. Louis Blues. He played for the Calgary ...more

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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Buffalo, New York, United States of America Patrick Timothy Kane II, is an American professional ice hockey right wing/center for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks selected him with the first overall ...more

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Chris Chelios is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Christos Kostas Chelios, better known as Chris Chelios, is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently the Executive Advisor to Ken Holland, the general manager of the ...more

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Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America Brian Joseph Leetch is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. He is ...more

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Pat LaFontaine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America Patrick Michael LaFontaine is an American former ice hockey center in the National Hockey League who spent his entire career playing for the league's New York State-based teams; LaFontaine ...more

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Jeremy Roenick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Boston, Massachusetts, USA Jeremy Shaffer "J.R." Roenick is a former American professional ice hockey player who played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League. He played for the Chicago ...more

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Keith Tkachuk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Melrose, Massachusetts, United States of America Keith Matthew Tkachuk is a retired American professional ice hockey player who played for four teams and three franchises in his 19-year career. He is one of only five American-born players to ...more

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Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
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Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America Michael Thomas Richter is a former ice hockey goaltender. One of the most successful American-born goaltenders in history, he is best known for having led the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup ...more

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Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America Philip Joseph Kessel, Jr. is an American professional ice hockey forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. Kessel is a product of USA Hockey National Team Development ...more

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Phil Housley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America Phillip Francis Housley is an American former ice hockey player who played for the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago ...more

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John LeClair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
St. Albans, Vermont, United States of America John Clark LeClair is a retired American professional ice hockey player who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh ...more

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Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Milford, Connecticut, United States of America Jonathan Douglas Quick is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Kings selected Quick with the 72nd overall pick in the 2005 ...more

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T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie is an American professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He was selected by St. Louis in ...more

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Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America Zachary Parise is an American professional ice hockey left winger of French-Canadian heritage, an alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League. He has also played for ...more

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Joe Mullen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America Joseph Patrick Mullen is an American former professional ice hockey player. He played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and ...more

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Bill Guerin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America William Robert Guerin is an American former professional ice hockey player and the current assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Guerin played 18 seasons in the National Hockey ...more

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Neal Broten is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Roseau, Minnesota, United States of America Neal LaMoy Broten is a retired American professional ice hockey player. A member of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal at Lake Placid in 1980, Broten was inducted into the ...more

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Mark Howe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America Mark Steven Howe is an American-Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. He is the ...more

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Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Plover, Wisconsin, United States of America Joseph J. Pavelski is an American professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. He scored a goal in his first NHL game, making ...more

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Chris Drury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Trumbull, Connecticut, United States of America Christopher Ellis Drury is a retired American professional ice hockey player. Drury is a Hobey Baker Award-winner with Boston University, a Calder Trophy winner with the Colorado Avalanche, a ...more

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Blake Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Robbinsdale, Minnesota, United States of America Blake James Wheeler is an American professional ice hockey right winger and an alternate captain for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the ...more

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Tony Amonte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Hingham, Massachusetts, United States of America Anthony Lewis Amonte is a retired American professional ice hockey player. He played right wing for the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and the Calgary ...more

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Brian Rafalski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Dearborn, Michigan, United States of America Brian Christopher Rafalski is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman. He previously played in the National Hockey League for the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings, in the ...more

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Doug Weight is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Warren, Michigan, United States of America Douglas Daniel Weight is a retired American professional ice hockey player who is currently an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager for the New York Islanders. During his 19-year ...more

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Ryan Suter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America Ryan Suter is a professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. Ryan's father, Bob, was a member of the historic gold ...more

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John Vanbiesbrouck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America John "Beezer" Vanbiesbrouck is an American professional ice hockey executive and former player. A goaltender as a player, he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in ...more

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Ryan Miller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America Ryan Dean Miller is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Miller was drafted 138th overall by the Buffalo ...more

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Ryan Kesler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Livonia, Michigan, United States of America Ryan James Kesler is an American professional ice hockey center for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Selected in the first round, 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the ...more

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Mathieu Schneider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America Mathieu Schneider is an American former professional ice hockey player. Considered an offensive defenseman, Schneider played 1289 games in the National Hockey League with ten different teams, ...more

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Gary Suter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America Gary Lee Suter is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League between 1985 and 2002. He was a ninth round selection of the ...more

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Ryan McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America Ryan Patrick McDonagh is an American ice hockey defenseman who is the captain of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. He played college hockey for the Badgers at the University of ...more

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Ed Olczyk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Edward Walter "Eddie" Olczyk, Jr. is a former professional hockey player and head coach from the United States. He was a center in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons with the ...more

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Kevin Stevens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Brockton, Massachusetts, United States of America Kevin "Artie" Stevens is an American retired ice hockey player and former NHL scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played left wing on a line with Mario Lemieux during the Penguins' ...more

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Kevin Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America Kevin John Hatcher is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL for 17 seasons between 1984 and 2001 for the Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh ...more

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Tom Barrasso is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America Thomas Patrick Barrasso is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. Barrasso was a goaltender for 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh ...more

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Ryan Callahan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Rochester, New York, United States of America Ryan G. Callahan is an American ice hockey forward and an alternate captain for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. He previously played for the New York Rangers, serving as ...more

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David Backes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Robbinsdale, Minnesota, United States of America David Anthony Backes is an American professional ice hockey center and right winger and captain of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. After two seasons of junior with the Lincoln ...more

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Jamie Langenbrunner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America James Joseph Craig Langenbrunner is an American retired professional ice hockey player. Langenbrunner was formerly the captain of the 2010 United States Olympic Team, a member of the 1999 Dallas ...more

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Dustin Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Ithaca, New York, United States of America Dustin James Brown is an American professional ice hockey right winger who serves as captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he moved to ...more

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Kevin Shattenkirk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America Kevin Michael Shattenkirk is an American ice hockey player currently with the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He previously played for the Colorado Avalanche. Shattenkirk was born ...more

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Dave Christian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Warroad, Minnesota, United States of America David William Christian is a retired American professional ice hockey forward, who comes from a family of hockey players. His father Bill and uncle Roger were members of the 1960 U.S. Olympic ...more

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Derian Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
JaySowell added Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States of America Derian John Hatcher is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings ...more

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Mark Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America Mark E. "Magic" Johnson is the ice hockey coach for the University of Wisconsin–Madison women's ice hockey team. He is a former NHL player who appeared in 669 NHL regular season games ...more

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Tony Granato is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Downers Grove, Illinois, United States of America Anthony Louis Granato is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger, and current assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Granato previously served as ...more

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Paul Stastny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Quebec City, Canada Paul Stastny is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey center, currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Of Slovak lineage, Stastny is the son of Hockey ...more

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Joel Otto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Elk River, Minnesota, United States of America Joel Stuart Otto is an American former professional ice hockey center in the National Hockey League for the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers. An undrafted player, Otto signed with the ...more

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Matt Cullen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Virginia, Minnesota, United States of America Matthew David Cullen is a professional ice hockey center of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. Cullen was born in Virginia, Minnesota, but grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota.

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Craig Janney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America Craig Harlan Janney is a retired professional ice hockey center who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League from 1987–88 until 1998–99, when blood clots ended his career