For the first time in 46years, there will be no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs. While Montreal Canadiens had a dominant start of the season, things went downhill when Carey Price got injured on November 25th. Does that mean hockey is no more a Canadian game? Since a lot of Americans celebrate the fact that every team that will be part of the playoffs are from USA, let’s take a deep look on the actual roster of every team that are guaranteed a playoff spot and where their players are really from.

#1 – Washington Capitals (114 pts)
Captain: Alex Ovechkin (Russia)
Alternates: Nicklas Backstrom(Sweden), Brooks Orpik(USA)

Canadian players 10 of 24 (41.67%)
Jay Beagle, Jason Chimera, Michael Latta, Mike Richards, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson, Daniel Winnik, Karl Azner, Taylor Chorney, Braden Holtby

American players 6 of 24 (25%)
T.J Oshie, John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Nate Schmidt, Mike Weber

Russian players 5 of 24 (20.83%)
Stanislav Galiev, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov

Sweden players 2 of 24 (8.33%)
Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson

German player 1 of 24 (4.17%)
Philipp Grubauer


#2 – Dallas Stars (101 pts)
Captain: Jamie Benn (Canada)
Alternates: Vernon Fiddler(Canada), Alex Goligoski(USA)

Canadian players 14 of 26 (53.853%)
Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin, Patrick Eaves, Vernon Fiddler, Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, Jordie Benn, Jason Demers, Jamie Oleksiak, Kris Russell, Travis Moen

Sweden players 4 of 26 (15.38%)
Mattias Janmark, John Klingberg, Patrick Nemeth, Johnny Oduya

Finns players 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi

Czech players 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Radek Faksa, Ales Hemsky

American players 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Alex Goligoski, Stephen Johns

Russian player 1 of 26 (3.85%)
Valeri Nichuskin

French player 1 of 26 (3.85%)
Antoine Roussel


#3 – St.Louis Blues (101 pts)
Captain: David Backes (USA)
Alternates: Alex Pietrangelo (Canada), Alexander Steen (Canada)

Canadian players 16 of 26 (61.53%)
Kyle Brodziak, Troy Brouwer, Steve Ott, Robby Fabbri, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Scottie Upshall, Robert Bortuzzo, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmunson, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Jake Allen, Brian Elliott

Sweden players 4 of 26 (15.38%)
Patrik Berglund, Magnus Paajarvi, Carl Gunnarsson, Anders Nilsson

American players 2 of 26 (7.69%)
David Backes, Kevin Shattenkirk

Finns players 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Jori Lehtera, Petteri Lindbohm

Russian players 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Dmitrij Jaskin, Vladimir Tarasenko


#4 – Anaheim Ducks (96 pts)

Captain: Ryan Getzlaf (Canada)
Alternates: Corey Perry (Canada), Ryan Kesler (USA)

Canadian players 15 of 25 (60%)
Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Garbutt, Ryan Getzlaf, Shawn Horcoff, Jamie McGinn, David Perron, Corey Perry, Brandon Pirri, Mike Santorelli, Chris Stewart, Kevin Bieksa, Simon Despres, Cam Fowler, Clayton Stoner, Shea Theodore

American players 4 of 25 (16%)
Ryan Kesler, Nate Thompson, Josh Manson, John Gibson

Sweden players 3 of 25 (12%)
Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg, Hampus Lindholm

Danes player 1 of 25 (4%)
Frederik Andersen

Finns player 1 of 25 (4%)
Sami Vatanen

German player 1 of 25 (4%)
Korbinian Holzer


#5 – New York Rangers (95 pts)
Captain: Ryan McDonagh (USA)
Alternates: Daniel Girardi (Canada), Marc Staal (Canada), Derek Stepan (USA)

Canadian players 10 of 22 (45.45%)
Derick Brassard, Tanner Glass, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Erik Staal, Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, Dylan Mcilrath, Marc Staal

American players 6 of 22 (27.27%)
Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, J.T Miller, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Keith Yandle

Sweden players 4 of 22 (18.18%)
Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Viktor Stalberg, Henrik Lundqvist

Norwegian player 1 of 22 (4.55%)
Mats Zuccarello

Finns player 1 of 22 (4.55%)
Antti Raanta


#6 – Los Angeles Kings (95 pts)
Captain: Dustin Brown (USA)
Alternates: Anze Kopitar (Slovenia), Matt Greene (USA)

Canadian players 14 of 26 (53.85%)
Andy Andreoff, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Dwight King, Vincent Lecavalier, Milan Lucic, Jordan Nolan, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Kris Versteeg, Drew Doughty, Brayden McNabb, Jake Muzzin, Luke Schenn

American players 9 of 26 (34.62%)
Dustin Brown, Nic Dowd, Trevor Lewis, Nick Shore, Matt Greene, Alec Martinez, Jamie McBain, Rob Scuderi, Jonathan Quick

Sweden players 1 of 26 (3.85%)
Jhonas Enroth

Slovak player 1 of 26 (3.85%)
Marian Gaborik

Slovene player 1 of 26 (3.85%)
Anze Kopitar


#7 – Chicago Blackhawks (95 pts)
Captain: Jonathan Toews (Canada)
Alternates: Duncan Keith (Canada), Brent Seabrook (Canada)

Canadian players 10 of 26 (38.46%)
Andrew Desjardins, Andrew Ladd, Brandon Mashinter, Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews, Dale Weise, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Michael Leighton

Sweden players 5 of 26 (19.23%)
Marcus Kruger, Dennis Ramussen, Erik Gustafsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Viktor Svedberg

American players 3 of 26 (11.54%)
Patrick Kane, Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Scott Darling

Czech player 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Tomas Fleischmann, Michal Rozsival

Slovak player 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Marian Hossa, Richard Panik

Russian player 2 of 26 (7.69%)
Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov

Finns player 1 of 26 (3.85%)
Teuvo Teravainen

German player 1 of 26 (3.85%)
Christian Ehrhoff


#8 – San Jose Sharks (92 pts)
Captain: Joe Pavelski (USA)
Alternates: Logan Couture (Canada), Joe Thornton (Canada)

Canadian players 13 of 24 (54.17%)
Logan Couture, Michael Haley, Patrick Marleau, Nick Spaling, Joe Thornton, Chris Tierney, Joel Ward, Brent Burns, Dylan Demelo, Brenden Dillon, Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Martin Jones, James Reimer

American players 6 of 24 (25%)
Matt Nieto, Joe Pavelski, Tommy Wingels, Justin Braun, Paul Martin, Matt Tennyson

Czech player 2 of 24 (8.33%)
Tomas Hertl, Roman Polak

Sweden players 1 of 24 (4.17%)
Melker Karlsson

Finns player 1 of 24 (4.17%)
Joonas Donskoi

Lithuanian player 1 of 24 (4.17%)
Dainius Zubrus


#9 – Pittsburgh Penguins (94 pts)

Captain: Sidney Crosby (Canada)
Alternates: Chris Kunitz (Canada), Evgeni Malkin (Russia)

Canadian players 11 of 27 (40.74%)
Sidney Crosby, Erik Fehr, Chris Kunitz, Scott Wilson, Trevor Daley, Kris Letang, Derrick Pouliot, Justin Schultz, Marc-André Fleury, Matthew Murray, Jeff Zatkoff

American players 10 of 27 (37.04%)
Beau Bennett, Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Phil Kessel, Kevin Porter, Bryan Rust, Ian Cole, Conor Sheary, Brian Dumoulin, Ben Lovejoy

Sweden players 3 of 27 (11.11%)
Carl Hagelin, Patric Hornqvist, Oskar Sundqvist,

Russian player 1 of 27 (3.70%)
Evgeni Malkin,

German player 1 of 27 (3.70%)
Tom Kuhnhackl

Finns player 1 of 27 (3.70%)
Olli Maatta


#10 – Tampa Bay Lightning (93 pts)
Captain: Steven Stamkos (Canada)
Alternates: Ryan Callahan (USA)

Canadian players 8 of 25 (32%)
Mike Blunden, Alex Killorn, Jonathan Marchessault, Cedric Paquette, Steven Stamkos, Braydon Coburn, Jason Garrison, Slater Koekkoek

American players 7 of 25 (28%)
Brian Boyle, J.T Brown, Ryan Callahan, Erik Condra, Tyler Johnson, Matthew Carle, Ben Bishop

Russian player 4 of 25 (16%)
Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Nesterov, Andrei Vasilevskiy

Sweden players 2 of 25 (8%)
Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman

Czech player 2 of 25 (8%)
Ondrej Palat, Andrej Sustr

Finns player 1 of 25 (4%)
Valtteri Filppula

Swiss player 1 of 25 (4%)
Joel Vermin


 

From the 10 teams (251 players) that are guaranteed a playoff spot, 121 players are from Canada (48.20%). American players represent a 21.91% of the players heading for the Stanley Cup title. 50% of those teams have a Canadian captain. 11 alternates out of the 20 are from Canada (55%). It’s pretty clear that hockey is dominated by Canadian players and will be for a long time. The location of the team does not really matter since the majority of the hockey players are not from the USA. Hockey is Canada’s game eh.

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