Best NHL Players Born in Texas

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COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 21: Seth Jones #3 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Calgary Flames on January 21, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The sport of hockey, and the National Hockey League, in particular, has seen its popularity spread widely in the last few years.

In fact, there are several NHL players now coming from non-traditional hockey markets. One of these areas seeing growth is the State of Texas

Here are the 5 Best NHL players Born in Texas

1. Mike Christie

Mike Christie one of the popular names in the Texas hockey. He was the first-ever Texas-born hockey player in the league. He made his NHL debut in 1974 with the California Golden Seals. He had his childhood full of uncertainty, forced to pick hockey or football as a career choice. However, he settled with hockey once Denver University noticed him during his college days.

After playing over 400 NHL games, Christie has ended his NHL career in 1981. On July 11th, 2019, Christie passed away, losing his battle with kidney disease.

2. Brian Leetch

Brian Leetch is an extremely well-known defender. He retired in 2006. During his
NHL career, he scored 247 goals and played in over 1200 games.

Leetch was honoured by the U.S Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. He also won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defencemen in 1992 and 1997.

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3. Tyler Myers

If you are a follower of the Vancouver Canucks then you might be aware of Tyler Myers who is the newest addition to the team. Being born in Houston, he played his youth hockey there until age 10 when he along with his family moved to Calgary.

His hockey career kicked off in 2008 when he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. So far, Myers has played 10 NHL seasons and scored 74 career goals.

4. Seth Jones

Seth Jones is the son of the former Dallas Mavericks player Ronald Popeye Jones. He started playing hockey by joining Dallas Starts Tier I program and later played for U.S. National Team Development Program.

Currently, Jones plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets and set to play his 500th NHL game in the 2019-20 season.

5. Blake Coleman

Blake Coleman started his hockey career as a youth in 1995, joining with Belle Tire in Detroit, Michigan. He would move up the junior ranks before reaching the NHL with the New Jersey Devils in 2017.

Once he joined the club in 2017, his career has gone upwards. he faced only the upwards in his career. He has managed to play over 180 games. He recently signed a three-year contract worth $5.4 Million after his strong performance last season. In fact, he put up a career-high 22 goals last year.

 

Main Photo: COLUMBUS, OH – JANUARY 21: Seth Jones #3 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Calgary Flames on January 21, 2016, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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