In addition to Mike Modano at forward, here are SI's
selections for an alltime first-team of U.S.-born stars
G FRANK BRIMSEK, 1938--50. Boston, Chicago. Brimsek,
dubbed Mr. Zero for his 10 shutouts in his Calder Trophy--winning rookie season
of '38--39, won two Stanley Cups and two Vezina Trophies; a first- or
second-team All-Star eight times.
D CHRIS CHELIOS, 1984--present. Montreal, Chicago,
Detroit. Three Norris Trophies, two Cups, 11 All-Star Games. In his prime he
excelled in every situation and no one was better in the last minute of a game.
At 44, he's still effective in Detroit.
D BRIAN LEETCH, 1988--2006. Rangers, Toronto, Boston.
His superb instincts, wondrous passing and smooth skating helped him score
1,028 points. Leetch won two Norris Trophies and won the Conn Smythe in '94 for
the Cup-champion Rangers.
F PAT LAFONTAINE, 1983--98. Islanders, Buffalo,
Rangers. Quick and slick, he was among an elite group in the NHL's Golden Age
of centers. In the seven seasons in which he played at least 70 games, the
gentlemanly LaFontaine averaged 45 goals.
F JOE MULLEN, 1981--97. St. Louis, Calgary,
Pittsburgh, Boston. Mullen had six 40-goal seasons and his coaches praise him
for his all-around play. On the 1989 Cup-winning Flames, this New York City
native was a cog in a lethal power play.
Coach BOB JOHNSON, 1982--91. Calgary, Pittsburgh. The
late Badger Bob (trademark phrase: "It's a great day for hockey")
turned the Flames into worthy and bitter rivals of the fabulous Oilers in the
1980s. He won a Cup with Pittsburgh in '91.