Revealing Pro Hockey Championship Teams And Where Their US Born Junior Alumni Played


One of the fun things about the off-season for a writer is manufacturing stories out of thin air. Today is no exception. Having said that, we are going to look into the American professional hockey leagues and see how many players each team that made the finals has, that used to play juniors in the US.

We are specifically looking at the American junior leagues because Canadian juniors (CHL) is basically professional hockey anyway. I will be listing the numbers from both teams that made the finals in each league. Also, this will be current and active leagues. There are other junior leagues that are defunct or merged so we've done our best to list them and their new brand. Some guys have played in multiple leagues so each league they played for gets a tally. So without further ado, pro teams that made the finals and the number of junior guys listed on their rosters.

NHL

Boston Bruins (BOOOO!!)

USHL - 5

AtJHL/EJHL/EHL- 4

St. Louis Blues (Probably gonna choke)

USHL - 2

NAHL - 1

EJHL/EHL - 1

AHL

Charlotte Checkers (Or Rally's depending on where you are)

USHL - 5

NAHL - 1

NA3HL - 1

MetJHL/EJHL/EHL -1

Chicago Wolves

USHL - 3

NAHL - 1

EMJHL/USPHL -1

ECHL

Toledo Walleye (Because nothing is more intimidating than a lake fish that tastes good baked in orange juice)

USHL - 9

NAHL - 3

Newfoundland Growlers

USHL - 3

NAHL - 2

NA3HL/CSHL - 2

SPHL (The American south's version of the LNAH)

Huntsville Havoc

USHL-2

NAHL - 6

NA3HL- 1

EmJHL/USPHL-6

EJHL/AtJHL/EHL- 5

Birmingham Bulls

USHL -2

NAHL -5

NA3HL- 0

AtJHL/EHL- 3

EJHL/USPHL - 2

FHL (The Northeast's version of the LNAH, refs and linesmen beware)

Carolina Thunderbirds

USHL -2

NAHL -2

NA3HL -1

WSHL - 2

MNJHL -3

MetJHL/EJHL/EHL-2

MetJHL/EmJHL/USPHL-4

Elmira Enforcers

USHL-1

NAHL-2

NA3HL-0

WSHL-2

MetJHL/EHL-2

EmJHL/USPHL-3

EJHL (Folded) -1

Totals:

USHL - 34

NAHL - 23

EHL- 18

USPHL-16

NA3HL - 5

WSHL -4

Folded -1

All stats compiled by a long and tedious search through Elite Prospects

A couple of observations:

-Its pretty easy to see the line between Tiers. You would expect to see more tier 1 guys than tier 2's and more 2's than tier 3's. So all is right in the universe there.

-There is no one clear cut path to get to the pros unless, of course, you play in Canada. American players have multiple paths they can take to get to a professional level. Juniors, prep school, NCAA; there's not a single path everyone must take.

-The Indiana Ice, my word, they currently have 14 players in the NHL. Haven't heard anything about them since 2015 when they were granted dormancy status by the USHL, but they've sent a bunch of guys to the pros.

-None of the teams the players with NA3HL experience come from are in the league anymore.

-Not a very strong showing by the NA3HL and the former WSHL.

-Canadian juniors is still King. You can throw a rock and hit someone in any of these pro leagues who played in Canada.

Now we start to sit back and count down the days till the schedules are released. Take from this what you will and here's to hoping that the off-season is over quickly. And please, please don't let the Bruins win the Stanley Cup!

-Mack

#NHL #NHLPlayoffs #CHL #AHL #ECHL #SPHL #USHL #USPHL

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