Elvis, Linus, Pheonix, & Igor: NHL Goalie Origins

Elvis, Linus, Pheonix, & Igor: NHL Goalie Origins

Other than the position of quarterback in football, the goaltender in hockey is the most important position in team sports. Actually, you could even make a solid argument that it is even more important than the QB. Just like other positions, the NHL is full of players from many different countries, and many of the league's best goalies are now not from Canada. Can you identify the home nation of the current goalies in the NHL? I will provide you the name of the goalie, and you tell me where they are from. The puck has dropped! Let's begin:

Igor Shesterkin:

Jordan Binnington:

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen:

Joonas Korpisalo:

Connor Hellebuyck:

Elvis Merzlikins:

Jacob Markstrom:

Adin Hill:

Filip Gustavsson:

Alexandr Georgiev:

Ville Husso:

Karel Vejmelka:

Linus Ullmark:

Vitek Vanecek:

Darcy Kuemper:

Juuse Saros:

Antti Raanta:

Sergei Bobrovsky:

Dan Vladar:

Charlie Lindgren:

Thatcher Demko:

Jeremy Swayman:

Pheonix Copley:

Frederik Andersen:

Phillipp Grubauer:

Elvis, Linus, Pheonix, & Igor: NHL Goalie Origins

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