We can relish in Hockey Night in Canada, once again, as the season is finally back in full swing. Pull those jerseys, caps, and team-boasting tuques out of storage and get those team flags back up on your cars – these are the top 10 Canadian NHLers who prove that hockey has always been our sport.
While many are getting sick of hearing about how talented Sid the Kid is, there's no denying he's one of the most celebrated and distinguished players in the league… at just 24 years old. He's currently the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins and has slews of awards in his name.
This enormous Alberta native plays for the Calgary Flames and has been a member of Team Canada at a number of Olympic Games – he assisted his team and helped them bring home the first gold in decades back in 2002. At age 34 he's still going strong in the NHL.
Captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets , he's won a number of silver and gold medals at both the Junior World Championships, World Championships, and the Winter Games. Nash hails from Brampton, Ontario.
Selected first overall in the 1997 draft, Thornton is currently the captain of the San Jose Sharks and has won the league's leading point-scorer as well as the NHL's most valuable player awards.
An Ile Bizard, Quebec hometown boy, Lecavalier is captain of the Tampa Bay Lighting and, after undergoing surgery on his wrist in '09, has been stronger than ever since then.
A Carbonear, Newfoundland boy who left home at 15 to pursue hockey, it paid off in spades as Cleary is now a successful winger with the Detroit Red Wings, who won the Cup in '08.
Alternative captain for the Boston Bruins, last year's Stanley Cup winners, Quebec's Bergeron has won gold medals at the 2004 World Championships as well as the 2005 World Junior Championships and 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
A former Coyote and Sabre, the current centre and alternative captain for the Philadelphia Flyers has been in the league since 1996 and is one of the best Canadians in the NHL today.
A winger for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Corey Perry started with the Peterborough Minor Petes AAA organization and was drafted when he was just 19 – very impressive.
A hometown boy from London, Ontario, Doughty is a defenceman for the LA Kings and was the youngest player on the gold medal-winning 2010 Team Canada roster at just 20 years old.
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