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The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 16.1k votes 2.1k voters 28.4k 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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  • Mike Modano1
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    Mike Modano

    Livonia, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Chris Chelios2
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    Chris Chelios

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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    #7 of 116 The Best Defensemen in NHL History#82 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

  • Brett Hull3
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    Brett Hull

    Belleville, Canada

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Brett Andrew Hull (born August 9, 1964) is a Canadian-American former ice hockey player and...  more
  • Brian Leetch4
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    Brian Leetch

    Corpus Christi, Texas

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Jeremy Roenick5
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    Jeremy Roenick

    Boston, Massachusetts

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityUnited States of America,Germany

    Jeremy Shaffer Roenick (; born January 17, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
  • Pat LaFontaine6
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    Pat LaFontaine

    St. Louis, Missouri

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Keith Tkachuk7
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    Keith Tkachuk

    Melrose, Massachusetts

    PositionLeft Wing, Centerman, Forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Keith Matthew Tkachuk (; born March 28, 1972) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
  • Patrick Kane8
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    Patrick Kane

    Buffalo, New York

    PositionRight wing, Centerman

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Mike Richter9
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    Mike Richter

    Abington Township, Pennsylvania

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michael Thomas Richter (born September 22, 1966) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
  • Phil Housley10
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    Phil Housley

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    PositionDefenseman, Forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Phillip Francis Housley (born March 9, 1964) is an American professional ice hockey coach and...  more
  • Tony Amonte11
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    Tony Amonte

    Hingham, Massachusetts

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Anthony Lewis Amonte (born August 2, 1970) is a retired American professional ice hockey...  more
  • Jonathan Quick12
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    Jonathan Quick

    Milford, Connecticut

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Joe Mullen13
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    Joe Mullen

    New York City, New York

    PositionForward

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Ryan Miller14
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    Ryan Miller

    East Lansing, Michigan

    PositionGoaltender

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ryan Dean Miller (born July 17, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender...  more
  • T. J. Oshie15
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    T. J. Oshie

    Mount Vernon, Washington

    PositionRight wing

    Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey...  more
  • John LeClair16
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    John LeClair

    St. Albans, Vermont

    PositionLeft Wing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Clark LeClair (born July 5, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey player...  more
  • Ryan Suter17
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    Ryan Suter

    Madison, Wisconsin

    PositionDefenseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ryan Suter (born January 21, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and...  more
  • Joe Pavelski18
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    Joe Pavelski

    Plover, Wisconsin

    PositionRight wing, Centerman, Forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Phil Kessel19
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    Phil Kessel

    Madison, Wisconsin

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Philip Joseph Kessel Jr. (born October 2, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey right...  more
  • Zach Parise20
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    Zach Parise

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    PositionLeft Wing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Zachary Justin Parise (born July 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey left winger...  more
  • Brian Rolston21
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    Brian Rolston

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionRight wing, Forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Brian Lee Rolston (born February 21, 1973) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more

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  • Neal Broten22
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    Neal Broten

    Roseau, Minnesota

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Neal LaMoy Broten (born November 29, 1959) is an American former professional ice hockey...  more
  • Auston Matthews23
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    Auston Matthews

    Phoenix, Arizona

  • Mark Howe24
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    Mark Howe

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionDefenseman, Forward

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Blake Wheeler25
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    Blake Wheeler

    Robbinsdale, Minnesota

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityUnited States of America

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