Top Hockey U.S. States (Part I)

The rivalries between US states might not be as intense as Canada versus the US, but there’s still an intense competition and debate about which state has the best hockey.

This list is based on the quantity and quality of hockey players produced and not really on the level of high school, junior and college hockey in every state.

You’re probably going to faint in anticipation, so here are the best hockey states in the US.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one of the best hockey states in the United States.

Since Pennsylvania is home to two powerful NHL teams, you would think it generates hockey players at a bigger rate.

Still, some real sweet assets have come out of the Quaker State, particularly the Pittsburgh area. Pennsylvania has some impressive talent, even for a greatly populated state.

Then again, when AHL veteran Bill Thomas is one of your most celebrated players, you won’t go any higher than No. 10.

Notable Players: RJ Umberger, Bill Thomas, Mike Weber, Ryan Malone

New Jersey

Occasionally, America lifts its shoulder and lets go of some real hockey talent.

As a state, New Jersey might not have a lot of honor left, but a few more quality hockey players will be able to alter that.

They have made large strides in recent years and appear ready to compete with the other states in the Northeast.

Notable Players: George Parros, Bobby Ryan, James van Riemsdyk, Bobby Sanguinetti,

Illinois

At the moment, Illinois might not boast any of the best players in the NHL, but they can still compete with other Midwest hockey states.

Chicago has proven that it can produce some solid hockey players, led by Mr. US hockey, also known as Chris Chelios. Maybe the Blackhawks can get it together and restore some interest in hockey to Illinois.

Notable Players: Al Montoya, Craig Anderson, Joe Corvo, Brett Lebda