Most of the NHL players are from Canada and the United States. Here is a list of the top 5 current producing states. These stats are as of May 2010.
1. Minnesota 36 NHL players including: David Backes on St.Louis, Zach Parise on New Jersey, Jamie Langenbrunner on Dallas and Alex Goligoski on Dallas.
2. Michigan 27 players including: Ryan Kesler on Vancouver, Tim Thomas on Boston, Jack Johnson on Los Angeles and Ryan Miller on Buffalo.
3. New York 26 players including: Dustin Brown on Los Angeles, Patrick Kane on Chicago, Ryan Callahan on the New York Rangers and Tim Connolly on Toronto.
4. Massachusetts 15 players including: Hal Gill on Montreal, Brian Boyle on the New York Rangers, Rick DiPietro on the New York Islanders and Bobby Butler on Ottawa.
5. Wisconsin 9 players including: Joe Pavelski on San Jose, Phil Kessel on Toronto, Drew Stafford on Buffalo and Ryan Suter on Nashville.
Canada has produced way more players than the States has, almost 7 times as much. You may not believe me, but there are players from places like South Africa, Italy, Nigeria, Haiti, Japan, Brazil, France and Venezuela. Hockey can live in many countries other than Canada and U.S.A but these countries will continue to be the powerhouses for a long time and probably forever.
David Backes. (Minnesota, U.S.A.) Luca Sbisa. (Ozieri, Italy.)
Chistobal Huet. (St. Martin d`Heres, France.)