Top Eight Countries That Comprise the Best Hockey Talents (part 2)

4. Finland

Finland has finished multiple times with the silver and bronze medals in the Olympics competition but never won the gold. However, the country has produced some NHL talent over the past four decades with the best player to come from the country being Teemu Selanne, arguably.

Tthe other players that come from Finland include Olli Jokinen, Tomas Sandstrom, Jari Kurri, and Saku Koivu. Finland has also developed some fine goaltenders, such as Miikka Kiprusoff, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, and Antti Niemi.

5. The United States

Even though the NHL is based out of the United States, there are tons of American players in the league with some very talented players having come out of the last quarter century.

Some of the best American players of all time include Phil Housley, Keith Tkachuk, Mike Modano, Chris Chelios, and Jeremy Roenick. The US also has many current talents such as Jonathan Quick, Patrick Kane, Zack Parise, Max Pacioretty, Ryan Suter, Joe Pavelski, and Phil Kessel.

In Olympics competition, the US has won two gold medals and one bronze medal and have had to settle for silver up to eight times.

6. Slovakia

Originally a part of the Czech Republic, Slovakia has produced some hockey stars including Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa. Gaborik is on high pace with 751 points in his first 14 seasons. Meanwhile, the Senators has seen Hossa, whose career that started in 1997, score 1,056 points, as well as five All Star Games and two Stanley Cups. Former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara also comes to mind.

There are some legends from Slovakia as well, with Blackhawks’s Stan Mikita, who scored nine times All Star, two times Lady Byng Trophy winner, and four times Art Ross Trophy winner, and Peter Stastny are much favorite by their home country, while players like Peter Bondra and Pavol Demitra were no slouches.

Top Eight Countries That Comprise the Best Hockey Talents (part 1)

Hockey is one of the most favorite sports in some countries such as the United Stated or Canada. But which countries have been producing the best NHL players. Now let’s count down on the list of top eight countries that comprises the best hockey talents.

8. Switzerland

The last decade has propelled the Swiss into this list. For a long period of time, Mark Hardy was the only notable Swiss player but that was until 2006 when Mark Streit appeared. Having got into the league a little late at the age of 28, Streit has been a solid defenseman at each stop. He has played with the Islanders, Canadians, and Flyers in his career with three All Star Game appearances.

Now, there are only a few Swiss solid players in the NHL, including Jonas Hiller (one time All-Star), Yannick Weber, Roman Josi, and Nino Niederreiter. It seems that the Swiss has been far from done in making history. They haven’t reached the podium at the Olympic Games since they won bronze in 1948, although they have made so much noise recently.

7. Czech Republic

It is no doubt that the best cricket player from the Czech Republic is Jaromir Jagr. It’s not easy to believe that Jagr has been in the NHL since he debuted in 1991 as a mulleted teenager for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jagr has been named to nine All Star Games with more than 1,800 points in his career and has led the league in points five times.

Meanwhile, for Devils fans, Patrik Elias may be the best player from the Czech Republic. His 19 year career has accounted for four All Star Games and 1,017 points. Some other greats from the Czech Republic include Milan Hejduk, Peter Sykora, Bobby Holik, Martin Straka, and goaltender Dominik Hasek.