American Mutants

For this segment we had American artist Dolan Stearns give us his take on some of the best Americans to do it.

American Mutants by Dolan Stearns

 

In 1967, the NHL introduced six additional teams to the league. Since then, United States-born hockey players have gained a 25% share of the league (the year before it was close to 1%). Was this “spike” related to the fact that the Sabres, Flyers, Golden Seals, Kings, North Stars and the St. Louis Blues were all expansion teams based in the continental United States followed by over a dozen more since? Probably, but if you think about it, that nominal gain over the course of 50 years is somewhat laughable considering the vast majority of the league’s games are played on U.S. soil. It looks like the game will continue to be dominated by the Great White North.

 

Joe MullenJOE MULLEN

(B. 1957) New York, NY

Teams: St. Louis, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Boston
Games Played: 1062 Goals: 502 Assists: 561 Pim: 241
Stanley Cup Wins: 1989 Calgary, 1991 & 1992 Pittsburgh
Awards: Lady Byng (2), Hall Of Fame
All Star: 1989 (1st), 1990, 1994



NEAL BROTEN

(B. 1959) Roseau, MN

Teams: Minnesota/Dallas, New Jersey, Los Angeles
Games Played: 1099 Goals: 289 Assists: 634 PIM: 569
Stanley Cup Wins: 1995 New Jersey
Awards: Hobey Baker, Olympic Gold Medal, Lester Patrick, Hall Of Fame
All Star: 1983, 1986



CHRIS CHELIOS

(B. 1962) Evergreen Park, Il

Teams: Montréal, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta
Games Played: 1651 Goals: 185 Assists: 763 PIM: 2891
Stanley Cup Wins: 1986 Montréal, 2002 & 2008 Detroit
Awards: Norris (3), World Cup Gold Medal, Olympic Silver Medal, Hall Of Fame
All Star: 1985, 1989 (1st), 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 (1st), 1994, 1995



PAT LAFONTAINE

(B. 1965) St. Louis, MO

Teams: NY Islanders, Buffalo, Ny Rangers
Games Played: 865 Goals: 468 Assists: 468 PIM: 552
Awards: Masterson, Hall Of Fame



MIKE RICHTER

(B. 1966) Abington, PA

Teams: New York Rangers
Games Played: 666 Wins: 301 Losses: 258 Shutouts: 24 SV%: .904
Stanley Cup Wins: 1994
Awards: US Hockey Hall of Fame
All Star: 1992, 1994, 2000



BRIAN LEETCH

(B. 1968) Corpus Christi, TX

Teams: New York Rangers, Toronto, Boston
Games Played: 1205 Goals: 246 Assists: 781 PIM: 571
Stanley Cup Wins: 1994 New York Rangers
Awards: Norris (2), Smythe, Hall of Fame
All Star: 1990, 1991, 1992 (1st), 1994, 1996, 1997 (1st), 1998, 2001, 2002



JEREMY ROENICK

(B. 1970) Boston, MA

Teams: Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Jose
Games Played: 1363 Goals: 513 Assists: 703 PIM: 1463
Awards: US Hockey Hall of Fame
All Star: 1990, 1991, 1992 (1st), 1994, 1996, 1997 (1st), 1998, 2001, 2002



KEITH TKACHUK

(B. 1972) Melrose, MA

Teams: Winnipeg, Phoenix, St. Louis, Atlanta
Games Played: 1201 Goals: 538 Assists: 527 PIM: 2219
Awards: US Hockey Hall of Fame
All Star: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009

Artwork (Mixed Media) by Dolan Stearns