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The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time 

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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

Nationality: United States of America

Michael Thomas Modano Jr. (; born June 7, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey player, who played primarily for the Minnesota/Dallas Stars franchise. He spent the final season of ...more

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Chris Chelios is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Position: Defenseman

Nationality: United States of America

Christos Kostas "Chris" Chelios (born January 25, 1962) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He was one of the longest tenured players in the National Hockey ...more

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Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Corpus Christi, Texas

Position: Defenseman

Nationality: United States of America

Brian Joseph Leetch (born March 3, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple ...more

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#80 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #14 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL History #1 of 126 The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time

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Pat LaFontaine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Position: Centerman

Nationality: United States of America

Patrick Michael LaFontaine (born February 22, 1965) is an American former ice hockey center in the National Hockey League (NHL) who spent his entire career playing for the league's New York ...more

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Brett Hull is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Belleville, Canada

Position: Right wing

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Brett Andrew Hull (born August 9, 1964) is a Canadian-American former ice hockey player and general manager, and currently an executive vice president of the St. Louis Blues of the National ...more
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Jeremy Roenick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Position: Centerman

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Jeremy Shaffer Roenick (; born January 17, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the ...more
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Keith Tkachuk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Keith Tkachuk Melrose, Massachusetts, United States of America

Position: Left Wing, Centerman, Forward

Nationality: United States of America

Keith Matthew Tkachuk (; born March 28, 1972) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) in a 19-year career with the Winnipeg Jets, ...more
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Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Mike Richter Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Position: Goaltender

Nationality: United States of America

Michael Thomas Richter (born September 22, 1966) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played his entire career with the New York Rangers organization, and led the team to ...more
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Phil Housley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Position: Defenseman, Forward

Nationality: United States of America

Phillip Francis Housley (born March 9, 1964) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey ...more

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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Buffalo, New York

Position: Right wing, Centerman

Nationality: United States of America

Patrick Timothy Kane II (born November 19, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blackhawks selected him ...more

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Tony Amonte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Hingham, Massachusetts

Position: Right wing

Nationality: United States of America

Anthony Lewis Amonte (born August 2, 1970) is a retired American professional ice hockey player. He played right wing over 17 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York ...more

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Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Position: Left Wing

Nationality: United States of America

Zachary Justin Parise (born July 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who is currently serving as an alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey ...more

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T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Mount Vernon, Washington

Position: Right wing

Nationality: United States of America

Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected ...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

Position: Goaltender

Nationality: United States of America

Jonathan Douglas Quick (born January 21, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Quick was selected in the third ...more

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#212 of 526 The Best NHL Players of All Time #150 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players #26 of 104 The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

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Ryan Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
East Lansing, Michigan

Position: Goaltender

Nationality: United States of America

Ryan Dean Miller (born July 17, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Miller was drafted 138th ...more

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Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin

Position: Right wing

Nationality: United States of America

Philip Joseph Kessel Jr. (born October 2, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey right winger playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played ...more

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Neal Broten is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Roseau, Minnesota

Position: Centerman

Nationality: United States of America

Neal LaMoy Broten (born November 29, 1959) is an American former professional ice hockey player. A member of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal at Lake Placid in 1980, ...more
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John Vanbiesbrouck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Detroit, Michigan

Position: Goaltender

Nationality: United States of America

John Vanbiesbrouck (born September 4, 1963), nicknamed "the Beezer" and "VBK", is an American professional ice hockey executive and former player. A goaltender as a player, ...more
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Doug Weight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Warren, Michigan

Position: Centerman

Nationality: United States of America

Douglas Daniel Weight (born January 21, 1971) is an American professional ice hockey coach, executive and former player. He is also the former head coach and assistant general manager for the ...more
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Bill Guerin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

Position: Right wing

Nationality: United States of America

William Robert Guerin (born November 9, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey player and the current general manager of the Minnesota Wild. He previously was the assistant general ...more
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Joe Mullen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
New York City, New York

Position: Forward

Nationality: United States of America

Joseph Patrick Mullen (born February 26, 1957) is an American former professional ice hockey player. He played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the St. Louis Blues, Calgary ...more

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Mark Howe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Detroit, Michigan

Position: Defenseman, Forward

Nationality: United States of America

Mark Steven Howe (born May 28, 1955) is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger and later defenseman who played sixteen seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons ...more

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Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
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Phoenix, Arizona

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John LeClair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
St. Albans, Vermont

Position: Left Wing

Nationality: United States of America

John Clark LeClair (born July 5, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia ...more
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Ryan Suter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin

Position: Defenseman

Nationality: United States of America

Ryan Suter (born January 21, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and alternate captain with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the ...more

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