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The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 16.2k votes 2.2k voters 28.8k 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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    Chris Chelios

    Chicago, Illinois
    Christos Kostas "Chris" Chelios (born January 25, 1962) is an American former professional ice...  more

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    Mike Modano

    Livonia, Michigan
    Michael Thomas Modano Jr. (; born June 7, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more

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    #14 of 21 20 Videos of Pro Athletes Crying at Press Conferences#1 of 55 The Greatest Dallas Stars Of All Time

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    Brett Hull

    Belleville, Canada
    Brett Andrew Hull (born August 9, 1964) is a Canadian-American former ice hockey player and...  more
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    Brian Leetch

    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Brian Joseph Leetch (born March 3, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more

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    #1 of 120 The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time#29 of 29 The Best Athletes Who Wore #22

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    Jeremy Roenick

    Boston, Massachusetts
    Jeremy Shaffer Roenick (; born January 17, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Pat LaFontaine

    St. Louis, Missouri
    Patrick Michael LaFontaine (born February 22, 1965) is an American former ice hockey center in...  more

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    #78 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#5 of 59 The Greatest New York Islanders of All Time

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    Keith Tkachuk

    Melrose, Massachusetts
    Keith Matthew Tkachuk (; born March 28, 1972) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Patrick Kane

    Buffalo, New York
    Patrick Timothy Kane II (born November 19, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right...  more

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    #3 of 63 The Shortest Players In The NHL Today#64 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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    Mike Richter

    Abington Township, Pennsylvania
    Michael Thomas Richter (born September 22, 1966) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Phil Housley

    Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Phillip Francis Housley (born March 9, 1964) is an American professional ice hockey coach and...  more

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    Jonathan Quick

    Milford, Connecticut
    Jonathan Douglas Quick (born January 21, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey...  more

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    #37 of 99 The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time#15 of 17 The Most Clutch Athletes in Sports Today

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    Tony Amonte

    Hingham, Massachusetts
    Anthony Lewis Amonte (born August 2, 1970) is a retired American professional ice hockey...  more
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    Ryan Miller

    East Lansing, Michigan
    Ryan Dean Miller (born July 17, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender...  more
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    Joe Mullen

    New York City, New York
    Joseph Patrick Mullen (born February 26, 1957) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more

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    T. J. Oshie

    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey...  more
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    Neal Broten

    Roseau, Minnesota
    Neal LaMoy Broten (born November 29, 1959) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
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    Zach Parise

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Zachary Justin Parise (born July 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey left winger...  more
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    Joe Pavelski

    Plover, Wisconsin
    Joseph James Pavelski (born July 11, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player for...  more

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    #56 of 191 The Best Current NHL Players#38 of 50 The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

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    Ryan Suter

    Madison, Wisconsin
    Ryan Suter (born January 21, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and...  more
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    John LeClair

    St. Albans, Vermont
    John Clark LeClair (born July 5, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey player...  more
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    Phil Kessel

    Madison, Wisconsin
    Philip Joseph Kessel Jr. (born October 2, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey right...  more

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    Mark Howe

    Detroit, Michigan
    Mark Steven Howe (born May 28, 1955) is a retired American professional ice hockey left winger...  more

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    #7 of 105 The Best Philadelphia Flyers of All Time#115 of 144 The Best NHL Players To Have Their Numbers Retired

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    Auston Matthews

    Phoenix, Arizona

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    Blake Wheeler

    Robbinsdale, Minnesota
    Blake James Wheeler (born August 31, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger...  more
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    Doug Weight

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