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Where in the world do NHLers come from?

- May 12th, 2014

Hockey is still mostly Canada’s game. Barely.

And like it or not, Toronto is the centre of the hockey universe.

The good people at SportChart have mapped out the birthplace of every active player in the NHL, NBA and MLB by both country and city.

Click below for a larger version of the map.

Canada has produced the majority of current NHLers, but not by much. Only 50.5% were born in the Great White North. If you break it down further, 43.8% come from Ontario, 14.8% from Alberta and 11.2% from Quebec.

The U.S. comes in second with 23.8% of active players. Sweden follows with 7.9% suiting up for NHL teams.

As for how many players come from which city, Toronto is at the top of the list with 24, followed by Edmonton with 20, Winnipeg with 13, Ottawa with 12, and Montreal and Stockholm with 11.

The map only tells so much of the story. It correctly points out that Canadian defenceman Robyn Regehr was born in Recife, Brazil, but he only lived there for the first nine months of his life. Craig Adams was born in Seria, Brunei, but identifies as Canadian.

You might also be able to guess the single dot in Norway belongs to Mats Zuccarello and the barely visible one in Slovenia, just below the bubble in Austria, is for Anze Kopitar. The lone dot in Italy belongs to Swiss defenceman Luca Sbisa.

Check out maps for the other leagues here.

(h/t SportChart)

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