Virginia's Matt Cullen is a member of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. Photo credit: Wild.com.
Minnesota has long had a presence in the National Hockey League and the 2015-16 season is no different. In fact, as of Nov. 1, 2015, there were 31 active Minnesota-born players on NHL rosters, including four each with the San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild. Seventeen teams have a player who was born in the State of Hockey.
This impressive number doesn’t take into account the countless others who were born elsewhere but at one point skated for Minnesota-based teams (players such as T.J. Oshie, Sidney Crosby and Thomas Vanek, for example).
Additionally, there are many players currently in the minor and junior leagues who may soon get the call as the season unfolds.
(as of Nov. 1, 2015)
Total – 31
Forwards – 14
Defensemen – 16
Goaltenders – 1
By city – Minneapolis 6, St. Paul 3, Bloomington 2, Burnsville 2, Virginia 2, Grand Rapids 1, Blaine 1, Lakeville 1, White Bear Lake 1, Elk River 1, Plymouth 1, Roseau 1, Rochester 1, South St. Paul 1, Edina 1, Warroad 1, Eden Prairie 1, Hastings 1, Moorhead 1, Minnetonka 1, St. Cloud 1
By team – NYI 4, SJ 4, MIN 4, WPG 3, NYR 2, WSH 2, MON 2, STL 1, CAR 1, FLA 1, PHI 1, PIT 1, TB 1, TOR 1, COL 1, EDM 1, DAL 1
(as of Nov. 1, 2015)
COL – Erik Johnson, D, Bloomington
DAL – Alex Goligoski, D, Grand Rapids
EDM – Matt Hendricks, LW, Blaine
MIN – Ryan Carter, C, White Bear Lake, Zach Parise, LW, Minneapolis, Nate Prosser, D, Elk River, Jordan Schroeder, C, Lakeville
SJ – Justin Braun, D, Minneapolis, Paul Martin, D, Minneapolis, Matt Tennyson, D, Minneapolis, Alex Stalock, G, St. Paul
STL – David Backes, C, Minneapolis
WPG – Blake Wheeler, RW, Plymouth, Dustin Byfuglien, D, Roseau, Mark Stuart, D, Rochester
CAR – Justin Faulk, D, South St. Paul
FLA – Nick Bjugstad, C, Minneapolis
MON – Tom Gilbert, D, Bloomington, Jarred Tinordi, D, Burnsville
NYI – Anders Lee, C, Edina, Brock Nelson, C, Warroad, Kyle Okposo, RW, St. Paul, Nick Leddy, D, Eden Prairie
NYR – Derek Stepan, C, Hastings, Ryan McDonagh, D, St. Paul
PHI – Chris Vandevelde, C, Moorhead
PIT – Matt Cullen, C, Virginia
TB – J.T. Brown, RW, Burnsville
TOR – Jake Gardiner, D, Minnetonka
WSH – Matt Niskanen, D, Virginia, Nate Schmidt, D, St. Cloud