NHL players come in all shapes and sizes and historically came from Canada. But now things have changed and the players, for the first time in NHL history, the majority of new players are not from Canada, but from other countries like: USA, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine, Norway and Lithuania. This also makes the NHL a true international league attracting fans from all the over the world, and youngsters from all over, eager to grow up and play in the big league. Today Canadian-born players only make up just 49.7 per cent of the total 680 players that play in the NHL, which goes to show anyone can aspire to play in the NHL. Back in 1990, approximately 75 per cent of the NHL was born in Canada. Now hockey is a global game and surely will continue that way. As far as the US’s contribution, American players account for 24.8 per cent each of the last two seasons. Players are also traded and drafted so it’s best to keep up with all the latest news from Team NHL so you can be better informed on where and how all the top players are doing as we close in on the playoffs.
The Top Players in the NHL
There have been lots of great players over the years in the NHL and today the sport is faster, tougher and younger. It’s getting more and more competitive as all the international players start to set their sights onto getting the NHL. The top player in the NHL is Sidney Crosby and after that some of the big name players include: Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Carey Price, Drew Doughty and Jamie Benn. NHL players also make millions of dollars and some have come a long way since their humble beginnings in small towns. The top players are highly skilled, well known in their communities, cities they play in and are popular with all the fantasy leagues and hockey pools. These players also play in the All-Star game and are watched closely as the top players can make the difference between their team making the playoffs or not. Or if they are traded, it will definitely make the headlines. Make sure you bookmark this page and Team NHL will keep you up to speed on all the latest news on all the top players and who is making the headlines. The NHL Playoffs are coming up soon and your favorite players will be ready to turn it up and go for the Stanley Cup. Stay tuned to Team NHL!