The 50 Greatest American Players in NHL History

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The 50 Greatest American Players in NHL History
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It's hard to believe that before the 1980s, there were only a handful of American-born players in the National Hockey League. The 1980 "Miracle On Ice" inspired a generation of Americans to play the game of hockey and changed the landscape of the game in the United States.

Now, American has a strong hockey tradition that is expanding beyond New England, Minnesota and Michigan.

Great American-born players continue to stream into the NHL and while it doesn't have the depth that Canada has, the United States can compete with Canada on the international stage as evidenced by their silver medal in the last Olympics in Vancouver which saw Canada go to overtime to win the gold.

So, here is a look at the top 50 American-born NHL players of all-time.

Feel free to comment on the list and name any players you feel I missed.

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