Which town or city has produced the greatest collection of players ever? I decided to figure out which city has the greatest All-Star team of players hailing from it's boundries. I was unforgiving on borderlines and birthplaces, the player had to be born in the specific city. What follows is, in my opinion, the worldwide cities that produced the greatest all-time squad using career stats. Any current players' stats are accurate up until the end of Nov./08.
There really can be no argument, the city of Montreal has produced the greatest collection of players of all-time. This squad has no room for forwards Mike Bossy, Nels Stewart, Henri Richard and Rod Gilbert or a plethora of goalies including Bernie Parent, Gump Worsely and Lorne Chabot.
Ottawa places a strong second without finding room for, Aurel Joliat, King Clancy and Clint Benedict in net. Toronto leaves Rick Middleton and Bill Durnan on the sidelines.
Sault Ste Marie finishes a perhaps surprising sixth place on the strength of the Esposito brothers and Ron Francis. Moscow is the first non-Canadian entry even with Mikhail Shtalnekov between the pipes and that's without Vladimir Krutov in favour of Alex Ovechkin.
Quebec City has a surprising unspectacular squad led mainly by Phantom Joe Malone and Patrick Roy.
Boston is the first American representative buoyed by Jeremy Roenick and Tom Barrasso. Timmins, Ont is the first small town representative with a strong Maple Leaf contingent of Mahovlich, Stanley, Barilko and Paul Harrison.