Only three states in the whole country have a tinier population than Alaska, so their achievements in hockey are really quite remarkable.
The top Alaskan hockey players come from Anchorage, the largest city. Maybe it’s their nearness to Canada that makes Alaskans great at hockey, or maybe it’s because they can see Russia from their house.
Either way, Alaska earns some well-deserved recognition among hockey states.
Notable Players: Brandon Dubinsky, Matt Carle, Ty Conklin, Scott Gomez
Apparently, Wisconsin is known for more than just cheese.
It also is home to plenty of solid hockey players and one of the most renowned college hockey programs in the US in the University of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is the perfect state for hockey players to grow up in since it is cold and there’s really nothing else to do there. It is a great hockey market.
Notable Players: Ryan Suter, Phil Kessel, Drew Stafford, Joe Pavelski
The state in which Brian Leetch came from actually has some of the top high school hockey in the US.
While Connecticut might not produce talent as often as some other states, it gets some love, since some regions of CT have hockey that’s as good as anywhere else in America.
As long as Chara doesn’t continue to take out the state’s top prospects, they could see themselves at the top of the list in the future.
Notable Players: Jonathan Quick, Ron Hainsey, Max Pacioretty, Chris Drury
Massachusetts might not have the household names that some of the other states have, but they are a factory for hockey, with many Bay State natives in the NHL and minor leagues.
The Bahston area is top for having good hockey players. They have some of the best college hockey in the country, hugely supplied by Massachusetts born players.
Notable Players: Keith Yandle, Ryan Whitney, Brian Boyle, Rick DiPietro