The 10 Greatest American Skaters in NHL History

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The 10 Greatest American Skaters in NHL History
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The United States has sent many great players to the NHL, especially since 1980.

Younger NHL fans may not realize that as late as the 1970s, 95 percent of the players in the league were born in Canada.

That started to change after the 1980 Miracle on Ice performance by the U.S. Olympic team inspired a new generation of Americans to play hockey.

Today, we look back at the top 10 American-born skaters in NHL history.

To be included in this list, you have to be born in the United States. People who became naturalized American citizens will not qualify here. Also, we are talking about skaters here, so goalies are not eligible for this list.

After that, we're looking at career statistics, impact on the game, dominance and longevity to determine this list.

Feel free to chime in on any players you feel belong on the list or who belong higher. Just indicate why your choice is more deserving and who you would take off the list if you add your player to it.

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