In honor of our country’s Independence Day, I’ve decided to compile a full 23 man roster of the greatest American hockey players.

Centers
Pat LaFontaine scored over 1000 points in a career that was cut short. He was surpassed as the American points leader by Mike Modano, who has 561 goals and 1374 points (and still going?). Another player with 500 goals and 1000 points is Jeremy Roenick. The recently retired Doug Weight played for various teams in the NHL for 19 seasons, also scoring over 1000 points. Neal Broten, a member of the 1980 Olympic hockey team, played 1099 NHL games, being named an All Star twice.

Left Wings
Keith Tkachuk is only one of four Americans to score 500 goals, and went to five All Star games. In Montreal, John LeClair was a 3rd line center, but when he was traded to Philly in 1995, his career took off. 3 straight 50 goal seasons (only American to do that) and 5 straight 40 goal seasons, LeClair finished with over 400 goals. Brian Rolston has played over 1100 games and scored over 700 points in the NHL. Even though he never played an NHL game, Mike Eruzione scored the biggest goal in American hockey history, as he captained the 1980 Miracle on Ice team.

Right Wings
Tony Amonte was a great scorer in the ’90s, hitting the 40 goal mark 3 times. Joe Mullen was the first American to score 500 goals and 1000 points. Bill Guerin is a two time Cup winner, four time All Star, and a Silver Medalist (2002). 2010’s Silver Medal winning captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, has won two Stanley Cups (1999, 2003).

Defense
Brian Leetch is only one of five defenseman to register 100 points, and still is one of two Americans to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Three time Norris winner Chris Chelios seemingly played forever, and captured two Stanley Cups. Phil Housley is American’s all time leading scorer on the blueline, yet still holds the dubious distinction of playing the most games without a Stanley Cup win. A 2011 Hall of Fame inductee, Mark Howe totaled over 400 goals and 1200 points between his time in the WHA and NHL. Rod Langway won two Norris Trophies and played in six All-Star games. Brian Rafalski, who also recently retired, won thee Stanley Cups and two silver medals for the U.S. Olympic team. Gary Suter won the Calder Trophy (1980) a Stanley Cup (1989) and is ranked in the top 15 points for Americans (844).

Goalies
Mike Richter was Team USA’s goalie on 11 different occasions between the Olympics, World Cup, World Championships and other international tournaments. Mr. Zero Frank Brimsek won two Vezina Trophies (1939, 1942) and was a 1st or 2nd team All Star in 8 of his 10 NHL seasons. Tom Barrasso is hard to keep off this team, second all time in wins by an American goaltender.

Some guys who can be on this list in 10 years include (but aren’t limited to) Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan and Patrick Kane. USA has a bright future in international tournaments with these players.

EDIT: Brett Hull was considered for the team, but he was born and raised in Ontario (his mother is American, hence the American citizenship).  He’s not considered as American on all time scoring lists (hence Modano being #1).  He initially wanted to play for Canada internationally, but they did not show interest in him, so he played for the United States.

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Comments
  1. Mark F says:

    Brett Hull

  2. Frank says:

    Brett Hull had 5 straight 50 goal seasons

  3. Dan MacNeal says:

    I thought about adding Brett Hull, but seeing as he’s not considered an American hockey player (considered Canadian-American), he doesn’t count.

    Great player and a contributor to USA hockey, but he’s not eligible

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