Does Minnesota Produce The Most NHL Players?

Does Minnesota Produce The Most NHL Players?
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

The puck drops on the 2023-24 NHL Season in less than a month, meaning players are coming back to their teams cities after the offseason and gearing up to get going. Several players use the summer as an opportunity to go back to wherever they call home after spending the bulk of the season away from home. Many of the US born players are from states that have cold winter weather, so getting home in the summer months is a perfect break. Minnesota in particular is a fantastic state to spend the summer in with the incredible weather and lake life in the state. 

MinnesotaBets decided to break away from Minnesota sports betting updates to see which of these states had developed the most NHL players and to see where Minnesota ranks. We did this by using to compile a list of the most NHLers born per state. 1,381 American-born players have played in the NHL thus far and we found the ten states that have produced the most.

Top Ten States That Produced Most NHL Players

Below you'll find some information that Minnesota betting apps won't have once they launch. Here are the top ten states who have produced the most NHL players.

Rank, State No. of Players % of U.S. NHL Players
1. Minnesota 300 21.7%
2. Massachusetts 217 15.7%
3. Michigan 190 13.8%
4. New York 138 10.0%
5. Illinois 78 5.6%
6. California 51 3.7%
7. Wisconsin 40 2.9%
8. Pennsylvania 38 2.8%
9. Ohio 34 2.5%
10. Connecticut 33 2.4%

Minnesota Produces The Most NHL Players

To no surprise, the cold-weather states have produced the most NHL players and it’s not particularly close with Minnesota, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York combining for almost 60% of all American-born NHL players. As expected Minnesota leads the way with 300, followed by Massachusetts with 217 total players, Michigan with 190 and New York with 138.

Despite going through a stretch without an NHL team in the state, Minnesota still dominated the rankings and with the Wild now firmly entrenched in the region their number should continue to grow. Phil Housley leads all Minnesotan-born players in career points with Blake Wheeler and Zach Parise leading all active players. Parise spent a stretch of his career with the Wild, although his pricey long term contract didn’t go as well as planned for either side. 

Even with the cold weather states dominating the rankings, states like California and Arizona have begun to produce NHL talent as well with players such as Auston Matthews, Jason Robertson and Tage Thompson among the best in the game today. With Minnesota leading the way and more states following their lead, America is primed to be a contender in any best on best hockey competitions moving forward. 

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Cecil Peters
Senior Betting Analyst

Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports, particularly MLB and the NHL. He will be providing insight throughout the baseball season.