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California's All-Time NHL All-Star Team

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What would an all California-born NHL team look like?

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Hooray! Photo credit
Håkan Dahlström

It's the middle of the off season, which means there's nothing at all worthwhile to write about these days. So here's a pointless exercise for you!

I've determined California's all-time NHL All-Star team roster, which features all of the greatest players to come out of California. Note that this is not players that have played for a California team, but players who were born in California. This team includes only players who made it to the NHL, and does not include any prospects who have yet to make the jump (or failed in doing so all together in the past), with the possible exceptions of two of the team's Right Wings who played a negligible number of games (California isn't very deep on the right side, folks).

Forwards

Left Wing Center Right Wing
David Roberts
Blues, Oilers, Canucks
Active in NHL 1994-1998
Born in Alameda, 1970
GP: 125, G: 20, A: 33, PTS: 53, +/-: 5, PIM: 85
Casey Wellman
Capitals, Wild
Active in NHL 2010-present
Born in Brentwood, 1987
GP: 54, G: 6, A: 10, PTS: 16, +/-: -4, PIM: 4
Emerson Etem
Ducks
Active in NHL  2013-present
Born in Long Beach, 1992
GP: 67, G:10, A: 11, PTS: 21, +/-: 10, PIM: 13
Mike Lampman
Capitals, Canucks, Blues
Acrive in NHL 1973-1977
Born in Lakewood, 1950
GP: 96, G: 17, A: 20, PTS: 37, +/-: -15, PIM: 34
Ryan Hollweg
Rangers, Maple Leafs
Active in NHL 2006-2011
Born in Downey, 1983
GP: 228, G: 5, A: 9, PTS: 14, +/-: -34, PIM: 349
Beau Bennett
Penguins
Active in NHL 2013-present
Born in Gardena, 1991
GP: 47, G: 6, A: 15, PTS: 21, +/-: 5, PIM: 6
Jeremy Stevenson
Ducks, Predators, Wild, Stars
Active in NHL 1996-2006
Born in San Bernardino, 1974
GP: 207, G: 19, A: 19, PTS: 38, +/-: -6, PIM: 451
John Emmons
Senators, Lightning, Bruins
Active in NHL 2000-2002
Born in San Jose, 1974
GP: 85, G: 2, A: 4, PTS: 6, +/-: -11, PIM: 64
Rhett Rakhshani
Islanders
Active in NHL 2011-2012
Born in Orange, 1988
GP: 7, G: 0, A: 0, PTS: 0, +/-: -1, PIM: 2
Craig Coxe
Canucks, Flames, Blues, Sharks
Active in NHL 1985-1992
Born in Chula Vista, 1964
GP: 235, G: 14, A: 31, PTS: 45, +/-: -27, PIM: 713
Craig Ferguson
Canadiens, Flames, Panthers, The Late Late Show
Active in NHL 1994-2000
Born in Castro Valley, 1970
GP: 27, G: 1, A: 1, PTS: 2, +/-: -11, PIM: 6
Stephen Tepper
Blackhawks
Active in NHL 1993
Born in Santa Ana, 1969
GP: 1, G: 0, A: 0, PTS: 0, +/-: 0, PIM: 0

Update, 7:36 AM: But what about LW Noah Clarke out of La Vervne?

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(That typo should read "get rid of," but I'm dumb.)

Update, 9:44 AM: Okay, actually this one was a real oversight...

Insert a clever joke here about California being full of "left wingers." What say you, does Nieto belong in the lineup?

Defense

Brooks Orpik
Capitals, Penguins
Active in NHL 2003-present
Born in San Francisco, 1980
GP: 703, G: 13, A: 119, PTS: 132, +/-: 32, PIM 734
Lee Norwood
Nordiques, Capitals, Blues, Red Wings, Devils, Whalers, Flames
Active in NHL 1981-1994
Born in Oakland, 1960
GP: 503, G: 58, A: 153, PTS: 211, +/-: 27, PIM: 1099
Rik Wilson
Blues, Flames, Blackhawks
Active in NHL 1982-1988
Born in Long Beach, 1962
GP: 251, G: 25, A: 65, PTS: 90, +/-: -5, PIM: 220
Jonathon Blum
Wild, Predators
Active in NHL 2011-present
Born in Long Beach, 1989
GP: 106, G: 7, A: 16, PTS: 23, +/-: -8, PIM: 20
Matt Hervey
Jets, Bruins, Lightning
Active in NHL 1989-1993
Born in Whittier, 1968
GP: 35, G: 0, A: 5, PTS: 5, +/-: -9, PIM: 97
Chris Ahrens
North Stars, Oilers (WHA)
Active in NHL 1974-1978
Born in San Bernardino, 1952
GP: 52, G: 0, A: 3, PTS: 3, +/-: -26, PIM: 84

Goaltending

John Blue
Bruins, Sabres
Active in NHL 1993-1996
Born in Huntington Beach, 1966
GP: 46, W: 16, L: 18, T/O: 7, SV%: 0.89, GAA: 3

Let's hope that Johnny Blue never gets injured, because Team California doesn't have a single backup available.

Conclusion

Although homegrown talent is finally starting to develop in the state, California doesn't have a very storied hockey history to look back on. This is not, of course, a surprise to any of us. But one thing is clear: This is a horrible team and it would lose many games.