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America's Top 10 Hockey States

Pennsylvania

Penguins Fans

Penguins Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup

Pennsylvania is home to not only one, but two powerful NHL teams! Their most notable veteran AHL player is Bill Thomas with a few more highlighted players like Mike Weber, RJ Umberger, and Ryan Malone.

New Jersey

Penguins Fans

Bobby Ryan - Player of Ottawa Senators

New Jersey is slowly making strides showing promise that the state will be ready to compete with other Northeastern American teams and be able to hold their own. However, only time will tell. New Jersey has been home to recognizable players like James van Riemsdyk, George Parros, Bobby Sanguinetti, and Bobby Ryan.

Illinois

Chris Chelios

Chris Chelios - Player of Chicago Blackhawks & Detroit Red Wings

Illinois may not hoist a roster full of celebrated NHL players but their team as a whole does perform well against other Midwestern American hockey teams. This is no surprise as Chris Chelios, the ‘Greek God' of US hockey, has lead the team to many victories. Perhaps a Stanley Cup win could earn Illinois some more notarighty. A few noteworthy players on the Illinois team have been Joe Corvo, Al Montoya, Craig Anderson, and Brett Lebda.

Alaska

Scott Gomez

Scott Gomez - Player of New Jersey Devils

Considering the low population Alaska currently hosts, their hockey team's accomplishments are extremely remarkable. Thus far, the city of Anchorage (a more populated city) has produced the most successful Alaskan American players like Scott Gomez, Ty Conklin, Brandon Dubinsky, and Matt Carle.

Wisconsin

Ryan Suter

Ryan Suter - Player of Minnesota Wild

Unbeknownst to most, the state of Wisconsin offers more than just cheese and is a top competitor in hockey. This cold state is actually home to the University of Wisconsin which provides one of country's top college instated hockey programs. Wisconsin has produced players like Ryan Suter, Joe Pavelski, Drew Stafford, and Phil Kessel.

Connecticut

Brian Leetch

Brian Leetch - Player of Toronto Maple Leafs

High school hockey is taken quite seriously in Connecticut and NHL player Brian Leetch is proof. The state could possibly be climbing up this list in the future as long as Chara stops stealing some of the state's top prospects. A few highlighted hockey honchos from Connecticut include Chris Drury, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Quick, and Ron Hainsey.

Massachusetts

Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle - Player of Tampa Bay Lightning

Massachusetts is basically a hockey player producing factory as the number of Bay State natives within the minor leagues and NHL is unfathomable. Bahston seems to be the main region of which successful hockey players are produced from as they have manufactured most of the country's top college hockey players. A couple of celebrated players from Massachusetts include Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Brian Boyle, and Rick DiPietro.

New York

Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane with The Stanley Cup

New York, as a state, may host the largest population on this list but that should not take away from the Empire State's resume as it has given birth to some of the best talent the NHL has ever seen. New York is responsible for award winning players like Patrick Kane, Ryan Callahan, Dustin Brown, and Jimmy Howard.

Michigan

Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller at the Vancouver Winter Olympics

It is quite possible that Michigan may be the highest ranked state when it come to producing top level NHL players like Ryan Miller, Tim Thomas, Ryan Kesler, and Brian Rafalski. Not to mention, the Detroit Red Wings may be America's most popular hockey team.

Minnesota

Zach Parise

Zach Parise - Player of Minnesota Wild

Minnesota is undoubtedly a hockey state and has produced some of the top hockey players in America. Not only are their high school programs exemplary, their college hockey programs are out of this world. The states mantra may as well be eat, sleep, and play hockey. Zach Parise, David Backes, Dustin Byfuglien and Erik Johnson can all thank the state of Minnesota for their successful hockey careers.

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