It's a tad bit ironic to be extra patriotic on a site that focuses on Canada's greatest export; the wonderful game of ice hockey. Our neighbors to the north are extremely protective of their game. Don Cherry has made a living by telling the world that Canadian players are the only players worth having on your team. Canadians get very upset when other nations try to claim hockey superiority, especially when it's Americans. So in the spirit of Independence Day it's time to look at American hockey by the numbers.
1 - American based software company responsible for the NHL video game franchise, EA Sports.
1.71 - Career points per game average for Pat Lafontaine, highest all time for an American player.
6 - Venzina Trophies won by 5 American goalies (Tim Thomas twice, Ryan Miller, Jim Carey, John Vanbiesbrouk, Tom Barrasso).
6 - Current American head coaches in the NHL (Ron Rolston, Todd Richards, Dallas Eakins, Jack Capuano, Dan Blysma, John Tortorella).
7 - Norris Trophies won by 3 different players. (Chris Chelios-3,Brian Leetch-2, Rod Langway-2)
8 - Medals won by team USA at the IIHF U20 World Junior Championships (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze)
19 - Consectutive Stanley Cups won by American based franchises.
33 - Short handed goals scored by Brian Rolston, most by an American
53 - American players taken in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, making up 25.1% of all players selected.
265 - Power play goals scored by Brett Hull, most by an American
741 - Goals scored by Brett Hull, most by an American
894 - Assists from Phil Housley, most by an American
1651 - Games played by Chris Chelios, most by an American
3043 - Penalty minutes by Chris Nilan, most by an American