NHL Connections to Atlantic Canada



Alright, I have done MLB, NBA, CFL & NFL connections to the region and I will continue the series by discussing Atlantic Canadian ties to the NHL.  This post will be a little different from the others and the reason for this is two-fold.  This is not a hockey blog and the sport is prevalent in the area so I will not list every single player from or has played in the region.  That would be to time consuming for this little corner of the internet.  I will instead list notable players by province.  By notables, I generally go with the first NHLer from the province and any other player with at least 500 career games played (with some exceptions, namely recent players).

Players From Atlantic Canada

New Brunswick (51 players total)

  1. Fred McLean, Lakeville Corner
  2. Forbes Kennedy, Dorchester
  3. Danny Grant, Fredericton
  4. Hilliard Graves, Saint John
  5. Greg Malone, Fredericton
  6. Mike Eagles, Sussex
  7. Don Sweeney, St. Stephen
  8. Scott Pellerin, Shediac
  9. Willie O’Ree, Fredericton (first Black player in NHL history)

Newfoundland & Labrador (28 players)

  1. Alex Faulkner, Bishop Falls
  2. Keith Brown, Corner Brook
  3. Chad Penney, Labrador City (first Labrador native in the NHL)
  4. Darren Langdon, Deer Lake
  5. Dan Cleary, Carbonear
  6. Micheal Ryder, Bonavista
  7. Ryan Clowne, St. John’s
  8. Teddy Purcell, St. John’s

Nova Scotia (73 players)

  1. Thomas Mccarthy, St. Peters
  2. Flash Hollett, North Sydney
  3. Parker MacDonald, Sydney
  4. Al MacNeil, Sydney
  5. Lowell MacDonald, New Glasgow
  6. Bobby Smith, North Sydney
  7. Doug Sulliman, Glace Bay
  8. Mike McPhee, Sydney
  9. Wendell Young, Halifax
  10. Glen Murray, Bridgewater
  11. Colin White, New Glasgow
  12. Eric Boulton, Halifax
  13. Sidney Crosby, Cole Harbour
  14. Brad Marchand, Halifax
  15. Nathan MacKinnon, Cole Harbour

Prince Edward Island (31 players)

  1. Paddy Nolan, Charlottetown
  2. Errol Thompson, Summerside
  3. Bob Stewart, Charlottetown
  4. Al MacAdam, Charlottetown
  5. Bob MacMillan, Charlottetown
  6. John Chabot, Summerside
  7. Gerard Gallant, Summerside
  8. Brad Richards, Murray Harbour
  9. Steve Ott, Summerside

Information is from Hockey Reference’s player birthplace index.  This means players who were born in Atlantic Canada but raised elsewhere are included (Bobby Smith, Steve Ott).  Players born elsewhere but raised here (Paul MacLean) are not.

Players Who Played in Atlantic Canada

Notables as choosen by yours truly.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Patrice Bergeron, Roberto Luongo

Cape Breton Oilers (AHL): Grant Fuhr, Link Gaetz, Fabian Joseph, Bill McDougall, Shaun Van Allen

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL): Luke Adam, Marc-Andre Fleury

Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL): Maxime Lapierre, Daniel Sprong

Fredericton Canadiens (AHL): Donald Brashear, Patrice Brisebois, Valerie Bure, John LeClair, Jose Theodore

Fredericton Express (AHL): Richard Broudeur, Mike Eagles, Danny Grant, Ron Tugnutt

Halifax Citadels (AHL): Stephane Fiset, Adam Foote, Claude Julien, Jon Klemm, Owen Nolan, Anton Stastny

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL): Jonathan Druoin, Nikolaj Elhers, J.S. Giguere, Pascal LeClaire, Nathan MacKinnon, Brad Marchand, Alex Tanguay

Moncton Alpines (AHL): Grant Fuhr, Steve Smith

Moncton Hawks (AHL): Andy Brickley, Kris Draper, Bob Essensa, Doug Smith

Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL): Luc Bourdon, Brad Marchand, Johnny Oduya, Keith Yandle

New Brunswick Hawks (AHL): Bruce Boudeau, Joel Quenneville, Darryl Sutter

Moncton Golden Flames (AHL): Brian Bradley, Brett Hull, Joel Otto

Nova Scotia Oilers (AHL): Jeff Beukeboom, Bruce Boudreau, Kelly Buchberger, Marty McSorley, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen

Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL): Keith Acton, Guy Charbonneau, Bob Gainey, Rod Langway, Claude Lemieux, Chris Nilan, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Mario Tremblay

P.E.I. Senators (AHL): Radek Bonk, Pavol Demitra

Saint John Flames (AHL): J-S Giguere, Jordan Leopold, Martin St. Louis

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL): Jonathan Huberdeau

St. John’s Fog Devils (QMJHL): Luke Adam, Jake Allen

St. John’s Ice Caps (AHL): David Aebischer

St. John’s Maple Leafs (AHL): Brent Gretzky, Yanic Perreault, Felix Potvin, Ryan Sittler


NHL Exhibition Games in Atlantic Canada

There have been too many to count, so I will not be listing them here.  There have been NHL preseason games played in Halifax, Sydney, Truro, St. John’s, Summerside, Moncton, Saint John and Bathurst.  There have also been postseason exhibitions played back in the Original Six era when many teams would barnstorm after the season.

NHL Regular Season Games in Atlantic Canada

From 1992-95 the NHL experimented by playing neutral site games (each team played two such games each season).  Halifax hosted three such games and had two cancelled as a result of the 1994-95 NHL lockout.

  1. Saturday, February 20, 1993: Quebec Nordiques 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 @ Halifax
  2. Sunday, October 31, 1993: New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 1 @ Halifax
  3. Wednesday, March 9, 1994: New York Rangers 7, Washington Capitals 5 @ Halifax
  4. Friday, February 10, 1995: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers @ Halifax
  5. Sunday, February 12, 1995: New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals @ Halifax
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