The Top 10 (Plus Two) American-Born Players Of All-Time

So who is the greatest American-born hockey player of all-time? Without letting Jeremy Roenick decide the issue for us (according to the ever-humble JR, "I think it's a tie between me and Mike Modano"), a distinguished Rink panel took a look at some players and some numbers and came up with our own "Top 10 (Plus Two) Greatest American-Born Players of All-Time." The criteria used included productivity, individual accolades, team achievements and other intangibles. And while historians may take umbrage with a list that doesn't include a single pre-1980 name (apologies to Hobey Baker, Si Griffis, Moose Goheen et. al.), hopefully our readership will find this list both accessible and debatable.

No doubt controversy will ensue, so let's get right to it, starting with #10:

10) Keith Tkachuk (13 seasons; active): 439 goals*, 847 points in 866 games (.98 points per game, 65 points per season); two-time 50-goal scorer; career +49; four-time NHL All-Star; two-time second team All-NHL; member 1996 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal team; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team

9) Tom Barrasso (19 seasons; retired): Career 369-277-86 record, 3.24 goals against average and .892 save percentage; second most wins (Vanbiesbrouck) of any American-born player; Calder Trophy winner; one-time Vezina Trophy winner; one-time Jennings Trophy winner; NHL All-Rookie team; one-time NHL All-Star; one-time first team All-NHL; two-time second team All-NHL; two-time Stanley Cup winner; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team

8) Jeremy Roenick (16 seasons; active): 481 goals, 1133 points in 1156 games (.98 points per game, 71 points per season); two-time 50-goal scorer; three-time 100-point scorer; career +183; played in 70+ games in 12 different seasons; nine-time NHL All-Star; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team

7) Phil Housley (21 seasons; retired): 338 goals, 1232 points in 1495 games (.82 points per game, 59 points per season); has played in more games (1495) and has more assists (888) and points (1232) than any other American-born player; played in 70+ games in 16 different seasons; NHL All-Rookie team; seven-time NHL All-Star; one-time second team All-NHL; member 1996 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal team; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team

6) Mike Modano (15 seasons; active): 474 goals, 1150 points in 1143 games (1.01 points per game, 77 points per season); one-time 50-goal scorer; career +136; second behind only Housley in career points by an American-born player; played in 70+ games in a season 13 time; NHL All-Rookie team; six-time NHL All-Star; one-time second team All-NHL; one-time Stanley Cup winner; member 1996 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal team; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team

5) Mike Richter (14 seasons; retired): Career 301-258-73 record, 2.89 goals against average and .904 save percentage; three-time NHL All-Star; one-time Stanley Cup winner; member 1996 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal team; 1996 World Cup of Hockey All-Tournament Team; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team; 2002 Olympics All-Tournament Team

4) Pat LaFontaine (14 seasons; retired): 468 goals, 1013 points in 865 games (1.17 points per game, 72 points per season); two-time 50-goal scorer; two-time 100-point scorer; Masterson Trophy winner; one-time second team All-NHL; member 1996 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal team; Hockey Hall of Fame member

3) Joe Mullen (17 seasons; retired): 502 goals, 1063 points in 1062 games (1.00 points per game, 62 points per season); one-time 50-goal scorer; one-time 100-points scorer; has scored the more goals (502) than any other American-born player; Patrick Trophy winner; two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner; one-time first team All-NHL; three-time Stanley Cup winner; Hockey Hall of Fame member

2) Chris Chelios (21 seasons; active): 179 goals, 918 points in 1438 games (.64 points per game, 44 points per season); career +311; one-time +/- award winner; 3-time Norris Trophy winner; NHL All-Rookie team; 11-time NHL All-Star; five-time first team All-NHL; two-time second team All-NHL; two-time Stanley Cup winner; member 1996 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal team; 1996 World Cup of Hockey All-Tournament Team; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team; 2002 Olympics All-Tournament Team

1) Brian Leetch (17 seasons; active): 246 goals, 1016 points in 1176 games (.86 points per game, 60 points per season); one-time 100-point scorer; career +32; Calder Trophy winner; two-time Norris Trophy winner; one-time Smythe Trophy winner; NHL All-Rookie team;ten-time NHL All-Star; one-time first team All-NHL; three-time second team All-NHL; one-time Stanley Cup winner; member 1996 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal team; member 2002 Olympic Silver Medal team; 2002 Olympics All-Tournament Team

Plus Two) Mike Eruzione/Jim Craig: Miracle workers - enough said.

Honorable Mention (in no particular order): John LeClair, Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, John Vanbiesbrouck, Neal Broten, Ken Morrow1, Rod Langway1, Gary Suter

* All stats current through January 10

1 Ken Morrowand Rod Langway added after initial posting (thanks, CasonBlog)


What do you think?


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Japers' Rink

You must be a member of Japers' Rink to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Japers' Rink. You should read them.

Join Japers' Rink

You must be a member of Japers' Rink to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Japers' Rink. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker