Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2001

Fewer Canadians in NHL

October 11, 2001


Barely half the players in the NHL are Canadian born the lowest total in league history. The number of U.S.-born players is 14.1 percent a 17-year low.

There were 375 Canadians (52.3 percent) on opening-night rosters compared to 380 (53.2 percent) a year ago. This is the fourth consecutive year of decline, according to the NHL.

The number of Europeans is up for the 12th consecutive year. There were 241 Europeans (33.6 percent) on opening-night rosters compared to 227 (31.8 percent) a year ago.

There are 101 American-born players this year compared to 107 (15 percent) one year ago. Not since 1984, when 13.2 percent of players were Americans, has the U.S. percentage been so low.

Twenty years ago, the NHL was 81.8 percent Canadian, 10 percent American and 8.2 percent European.

Of the 375 Canadian-born players, 143 are from Ontario, 75 from Quebec and 61 from Alberta.

The Montreal Canadiens have the most Canadian-born players (18). Minnesota has 17 and Calgary, Edmonton and St. Louis are next with 15 each.

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