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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 (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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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. (; 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) 3 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Chicago, Illinois, 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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Brett Hull is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Belleville, Canada
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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Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Corpus Christi, Texas
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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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 (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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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 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) 8 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Keith Tkachuk
Melrose, Massachusetts, USA
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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Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
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Phoenix, Arizona

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Phil Kessel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin
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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Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Mike Richter
Abington Township, Pennsylvania
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) 12 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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Joe Pavelski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Plover, Wisconsin
Joseph James Pavelski (born July 11, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He had previously played for the San Jose ...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
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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T. J. Oshie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Mount Vernon, Washington
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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Tony Amonte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Hingham, Massachusetts
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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John LeClair is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
St. Albans, Vermont
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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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 (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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Zach Parise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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Blake Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Robbinsdale, Minnesota
Blake James Wheeler (born August 31, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger who serves as captain of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by ...more

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Ryan Suter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Madison, Wisconsin
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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Doug Weight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Warren, Michigan
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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Neal Broten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Roseau, Minnesota
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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Ed Olczyk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Chicago, Illinois
Edward Walter "Eddie" Olczyk Jr. (; born August 16, 1966) is an American professional ice hockey analyst, former player and coach. He was a center in the National Hockey League for 16 ...more

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Bill Guerin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time
Worcester, Massachusetts, 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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