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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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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Buffalo, New York
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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Mike Modano is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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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Chris Chelios is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
USA, Chicago, Illinois
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
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, United States of America
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
Keith Tkachuk 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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Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Abington Township, Pennsylvania
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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T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Mount Vernon, Washington
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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Phil Housley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Plover, Wisconsin
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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Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Milford, Connecticut
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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John LeClair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
St. Albans, Vermont
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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Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin
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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Tony Amonte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Hingham, Massachusetts
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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Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
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Phoenix, Arizona

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Joe Mullen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
New York City, New York
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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Blake Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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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Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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Neal Broten is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Roseau, Minnesota
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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Bill Guerin is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Doug Weight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Warren, Michigan
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 Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
East Lansing, Michigan
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 Suter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin
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