Hockey, a sport dominated by Canadians and Europeans for many decades, has finally caught alight in the United States the past few years and there are more Americans to show for the sport in the NHL now more than ever.
As the American celebration of Thanksgiving quickly approaches, what better time than now to take a look at the 35 best players in the NHL who proudly represent the Stars and Stripes and give Americans more than enough reason to cheer for our country?
In this slideshow, you will see the players clumped together by position. Within those groups, their is no specific order in which they appear in the slideshow. My choices were determined by the players' overall NHL careers as well as their current performances this season.
In no particular order, here are the top 35 Americans playing in the NHL today.
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a college writing intern for Bleacher Report. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.