Nationalities Of Goalies Shows The Internationalization Of The NHL

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As recently as the 1990-91 season, 80% of all NHL goalies were Canadian. Since then, the number of goalies from other countries has risen dramatically (data via QuantHockey.com).

This season, Canadians represent just 43.0% of all goalies in the NHL. Meanwhile, the United States, which did not have a single goalie in the NHL in 1971-72 season, now represents 17.7% of all goalies.

But the real up-and-coming hockey powerhouse is Finland. Despite a population of just five million, Finland now produces 8.8% of all NHL goalies. As recently as the 1998-99 season, there were no Finnish goalies in the NHL…

NHL goalies

Photo: Data via QuantHockey.com

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