Of course the "State of Hockey", my home state, would be number one, but now I have the research to back it up.
Up in this very cold state, we are born, live, and die with skates tied to our feet.
We can be first in the league or last. The team of 18,000 will always be at the Arena cheering on the Wild.
We, as a whole state, live the sport, which helps produce nine more NHL players than our number two.
So, with 36 NHL players, Minnesota is number one.
To list a few of the players from MN:
David Backes of St. Louis, Jamie Langenbrunner of New Jersey, Zach Parise of New Jersey, Erik Johnson of St. Louis, Keith Ballard of Florida, Paul Martin of New Jersey, and also rising star from my hometown, Alex Goligoski of Pittsburgh.