The Devils Are “America’s Team”

Last night, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, in Canada’s capital.

Montvale, New Jersey’s Kyle Palmieri (born in Smithtown, New York) had a goal and an assist.

Drew Stafford, who was born in Milwaukee but raised in Minnesota, also got an apple.

Winnetka, Illinois’ John Moore scored the 5th overtime winner of his career to give the Devils the win.

New Jersey’s own Bobby Ryan had one assist for the Sens, while Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, of Park Ridge, Illinois, stopped 41 of 46 shots.

After the game, Long Island’s Keith Kinkaid, who stopped nine shots in the relief role for the Devils, was interviewed on NHL Network. Former 1st overall pick and now analyst Brian Lawton (born in New Jersey) revealed that they have dubbed the Devils “America’s Team,” because of the amount of US-born players on the squad.

In fact, they lead the league.

There are currently 197 American hockey players in the NHL. Fifteen of them play for the New Jersey Devils, the most for any team.

That’s more than every other nationality on the team combined (6 Canadian, 2 Swiss, 2 Swede, 1 Czech, in case you were wondering)

Here is the breakdown for the rest of the league. Any surprises?