Dream Teams is our commemorative issue that ranks the top 50 NHL hockey factories from the Canadian Hockey League and U.S. colleges and universities. Where does your hometown team finish?
Which major junior team or NCAA program has churned out the best and brightest NHL stars over the years? Is it the Oshawa Generals, who produced John Tavares, Eric Lindros and the great Bobby Orr? Maybe it’s the Peterborough Petes, whose graduates include Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman, Chris Pronger, Larry Murphy and Bob Gainey. Dream Teams is a commemorative magazine produced by The Hockey News that ranks the top 50 NHL hockey factories from the Canadian Hockey League and U.S. colleges and universities. Our panel of judges studied the all-time rosters from all 108 active major junior and NCAA Div. I teams and established a lineup of six first-team all-stars from each organization, based on what they did in the NHL. How did an all-time Kamloops Blazers team that includes Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi and Scott Niedermayer stack up against an all-time London Knights group with a lineup boasting Hall of Famers Brendan Shanahan, Darryl Sittler and Dino Ciccarelli? We traced each hockey hot house’s lineage through the decades since the dawn of major junior hockey. So don’t be surprised to see a young team like Cape Breton (formerly Sorel, Verdun and Granby) with a cast of all-stars including Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque and Pierre Turgeon? Or Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy on Acadie-Bathurst (formerly Laval). And an all-time Guelph team with Drew Doughty on it has to include Toronto Marlboros greats Brad Park and Steve Shutt. Let’s not forget about European hockey factories. Dream Teams ranks the top 10 producers of NHL stars, from Moscow Red Army to Jokerit Helsinki to the Frolunda Indians. Dream Teams is packed full of photographs of NHL superstars in their amateur jerseys – Denis Potvin in his Ottawa 67’s colors, Carey Price in his Tri-City Americans duds, Joe Sakic in his Swift Current sweater, Wendel Clark in his Saskatoon Blades garb, Brett Hull flashing Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs blue, and dozens more. Dream Teams also catches up with some of these major junior stars – Tom Lysiak in the heart of Georgia, Kevin Stevens bouncing back in Boston and Tim Kerr’s successful second career in New Jersey, and many more.
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