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The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 16.2k votes 2.1k voters 27.9k 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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  • 1
    Mike Modano
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Brian Leetch
    409
    188

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Chris Chelios
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Brett Hull
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Pat LaFontaine
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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 on Wikipedia

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    #81 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#3 of 273 The Greatest Buffalo Sabres of All Time

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    Jeremy Roenick
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    190

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Keith Tkachuk
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    146

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Phil Housley
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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 on Wikipedia

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    #186 of 502 The Best NHL Players of All Time#19 of 116 The Best Defensemen in NHL History

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    Patrick Kane
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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 on Wikipedia

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    #4 of 63 The Shortest Players In The NHL Today#19 of 50 The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

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    Mike Richter
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jonathan Quick
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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 on Wikipedia

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    #149 of 191 The Best Current NHL Players#39 of 99 The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time

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    Tony Amonte
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    114

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ryan Miller
    147
    105

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    T. J. Oshie
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    185

    T. J. Oshie

    Mount Vernon, Washington

    PositionRight wing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Timothy Leif "T. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Joe Mullen
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    100

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #39 of 89 The Greatest St. Louis Blues Players Of All Time#11 of 80 The Best Pittsburgh Penguins of All Time

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    Zach Parise
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Mark Howe
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    71

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Joe Pavelski
    214
    113

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 19
    John LeClair
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    107

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Neal Broten
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    99

    Neal Broten

    Roseau, Minnesota

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Neal LaMoy Broten (born November 29, 1959) is an American former professional ice hockey... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Phil Kessel
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Blake Wheeler
    147
    84

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Auston Matthews
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    173

    Auston Matthews

    Phoenix, Arizona

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    Doug Weight
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    85

    Doug Weight

    Warren, Michigan

    PositionCenterman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Douglas Daniel Weight (born January 21, 1971) is an American professional ice hockey coach,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ryan Suter
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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 on Wikipedia