How Has Pennsylvania Done Producing NHL Players?

How Has Pennsylvania Done Producing NHL Players?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Hard to believe, but the NHL regular season starts Oct. 10. To whet your appetite for the action on the ice, – your source for PA sportsbooks – decided to see which states in the U.S. have produced the most NHL players.

We utilized to gather the home states for U.S.-born NHL players. Of the 1,381 players ever born in the United States to play at least a game in the NHL, we found the Top 10 states that have produced the most.

Most NHL Players By State

Here is info you won’t find on the many PA sports betting apps.

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%


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Pennsylvania Cracks Top 10

The Keystone State finished in the top 10 at No. 8 with a total of 38 (2.8%). Minnesota topped the list with a whopping 300 players (21.7%), followed by Massachusetts (217, 15.7%), Michigan (190, 13.8%), New York (138, 10%) and Illinois (78, 5.6%).

A very prominent Pennsylvania product is goaltender John Gibson. Entering his 11th season with the Anaheim Ducks, Gibson, a Pittsburgh native, has posted a record of 180-179 in 431 games played with a .912 save percentage. A second-round draft pick by Anaheim in 2011, Gibson is looking to improve on a 14-31 (53 games played) record last season, in which he posted a .899 save percentage.

The two proud state franchises, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, have seen much better days. Of the 32 NHL teams, BetMGM Sportsbook PA has the Penguins ranked 13th with +2500 odds. It is far worse for the Flyers, who haven’t made the playoffs in recent years. The Flyers are ranked tied for 29th with Montreal, with odds of +15000. Only San Jose and Seattle (both at +25000) have longer odds.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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