Reasons American NHL Players Deserve More Respect

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Reasons American NHL Players Deserve More Respect
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Patrick Kane is one of two American players to be taken No. 1 overall in the NHL draft since 2004.

In America, hockey is generally thought of as the third or fourth ranked sport in the country.

It is almost always ranked behind football and baseball, and sometimes basketball will beat out hockey.

This is especially true for the young people of America, the future athletes who will dictate which sports rise and fall. Hockey generally isn't the first choice of middle and high school students, who are more concerned with being the star quarterback on their football team or the first baseman on their baseball team.

In the past, this has shown in the National Hockey League.

The league was, and still is, dominated by Canadians and foreign players, many of whom are from European countries.

However, over the past several years, American hockey players have worked to take back the game that is mainly played on their soil.

Through stronger junior leagues, a greater presence in the draft, and the emergence of several American stars, things are starting to look up for a sport that has been trumped by baseball and football in the past.

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