Some interesting numbers* from the 2012-13 NHL Season:
|#||Birthplace||% of GP|
- Canadians totaled 52.9% of games played by skaters, with Americans coming in at 23.8% of games. The other 17 nations account for only 23.3%
- Before Don Cherry starts wagging his finger, the leagues best team, the Chicago Blackhawks, had players from just five countries: Canada 42.9%, Sweden 21.8%, United States 21.1%, Czech Republic 8.3%, Slovakia 5.9%. The Blackhaws used far less Canadians and far more Swedes and Slovaks than the NHL average on their way to the cup.
- The Blackhawks didn't use a Russian during the regular season, the third cup-winning team in the last four years to win a cup without a Russian.
- The Oilers went with players from six countries: Canada 56.9%, United States 14.7%, Czech Republic 10.0%, Finland 6.7%, Sweden 6.1%, Russia 5.6%.
*Data culled from HockeyDB