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Hockey towns: Where the world’s best hockey players come from
Unlike other international sports that have easily crossed borders and spread worldwide, ice hockey remains popular primarily between the 65th and 40th latitudes, with Canada as the sport’s overwhelming epicenter.
As the U.S. and Canadian’s men’s teams square off in the Olympic semi-finals, here’s a look at where NHL players come from, which reveals how and why Friday’s game can be considered a clash of the sport’s two titans.
Scroll and zoom on the map below, then click on the bubbles to get a detailed rundown of which players come from that specific city:
What about the Blackhawks in the Olympics?
We’re tracking their progress with this interactive graphic. Who is going to have personal bragging rights when it’s all over?