NHL All-St. Patrick's Day Team

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NHL All-St. Patrick's Day Team
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There have not been many NHL players born in Ireland

It is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday celebrated by most of the country despite their frequent lack of Irish heritage (or the fact that there never were snakes in Ireland and that myth is a euphemism for Patrick's brutal treatment of pagans).

As they say, we are all Irish today. So I had this bright idea: Assemble an NHL All-Star starting roster of Patricks (or Patriks, Patric, Patrice...) for fun.

There is just one problem: Not one variation of the name Patrick is among the first or last names of any non-forward in the league.

This forced a change in direction. I looked for players with either the name Patrick or of Irish descent.  Some of the latter may not be obvious—i.e. is Mike Smith or Ryan Miller Irish? Their Wikipedia pages did not say, and I am not about to spend that kind of time looking at every "maybe" throughout the league.

Since that leaves few options for goalie, I altered direction again to have this team fit under the salary cap—they would have the ninth-highest payroll in the league, but about $1.5 million in cap space. So open for yourself a Guinness and read the players St. Patrick has dressed to do battle today!

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