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.
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.