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The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 15.8k votes 2.2k voters 28.9k views64 items

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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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    John Vanbiesbrouck

    Detroit, Michigan
    John Vanbiesbrouck (born September 4, 1963), nicknamed "the Beezer" and "VBK", is an American...  more
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    Ryan McDonagh

    Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Ryan Patrick McDonagh (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman,...  more
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    Doug Weight

    Warren, Michigan
    Douglas Daniel Weight (born January 21, 1971) is an American professional ice hockey coach,...  more
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    Gary Suter

    Madison, Wisconsin
    Gary Lee Suter (born June 24, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman...  more

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    Ed Olczyk

    Chicago, Illinois
    Edward Walter "Eddie" Olczyk Jr. (; born August 16, 1966) is an American professional ice...  more
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    Kevin Stevens

    Brockton, Massachusetts
    Kevin "Artie" Stevens (born April 15, 1965) is an American former ice hockey player and...  more

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    Chris Drury

    Trumbull, Connecticut
    Christopher Ellis Drury (born August 20, 1976) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more

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    Ryan Callahan

    Rochester, New York
    Ryan G. Callahan (born March 21, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey right winger...  more

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    David Backes

    Robbinsdale, Minnesota
    David Anthony Backes (born May 1, 1984) is an American professional hockey center, right...  more

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    Kevin Hatcher

    Detroit, Michigan
    Kevin John Hatcher (born September 9, 1966) is a retired American professional ice hockey...  more

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    Dave Christian

    Warroad, Minnesota
    David William Christian (born May 12, 1959) is a retired American professional ice hockey...  more
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    Tom Barrasso

    Boston, Massachusetts
    Thomas Patrick Barrasso (born March 31, 1965) is an American professional ice hockey coach and...  more

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    Tony Granato

    Downers Grove, Illinois
    Anthony Lewis Granato (born July 25, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey left...  more
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    Ryan Kesler

    Livonia, Michigan
    Ryan James Kesler (born August 31, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey center and an...  more

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    Kevin Shattenkirk

    Greenwich, Connecticut
    Kevin Michael Shattenkirk (born January 29, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey...  more
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    Brian Rafalski

    Dearborn, Michigan
    Brian Christopher Rafalski (born September 28, 1973) is an American former professional ice...  more

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    Derian Hatcher

    Sterling Heights, Michigan
    Derian John Hatcher (born June 4, 1972) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Paul Stastny

    Quebec City, Canada
    Paul Stastny (born December 27, 1985) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey...  more

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    Bobby Carpenter

    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Robert E. Carpenter Jr. (born July 13, 1963) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Mark Johnson

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Mark Einar Johnson (born September 22, 1957) is an American ice hockey coach for the...  more
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    Mathieu Schneider

    New York City, New York
    Mathieu David Schneider (born June 12, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more

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    Brian Gionta

    Rochester, New York
    Brian Joseph Gionta (born January 18, 1979) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Craig Janney

    Hartford, Connecticut
    Craig Harlan Janney (born September 26, 1967) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Dustin Brown

    Ithaca, New York
    Dustin Brown (born November 4, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for...  more
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    Matt Cullen

    Virginia, Minnesota
    Matthew David Cullen (born November 2, 1976) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more

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