The Hockey Writers comprised a list of their five best Texas-born NHL players as of this year and featured two Dallas Elite Stars alumni Seth Jones and Blake Coleman. Coleman also had a short stint on Detroit Belle Tire. Check out their article below.
Several areas formerly though of as non-traditional hockey markets are now being represented in the NHL more than ever before, and Texas is no exception. Eight players born in the Lone Stare State have appeared in the league in the past four years after three had done so prior.
Of the names on this list, Blake Coleman is the only one that can be considered completely homegrown. With the exception of one season with Belle Tie in Detroit, Coleman played his entire youth career in Dallas from 1995 to 2009. He was drafted 75th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2011 and joined the club in Jan. 2017.
Since then, the forward from Plano has carved out a place for himself with the Devils, suiting up for 180 games and scoring 36 goals and 63 points. He is currently one year into a three-year, $5.4 million deal, and, after a career-high 22 goals last season, expectations are high for the 27-year-old.
Seth Jones became the highest-drafted Texas-born player when he went fourth-overall to the Nashville Predators in 2013. The son of former Dallas Mavericks forward, Ronald ‘Popeye’ Jones, Seth was born just outside of Dallas in the city of Arlington. However, he moved around the country as a child in order to follow his father’s NBA career and didn’t return to Texas until the age of 11. Once back in Dallas, Jones developed his game playing for the Dallas Stars T1EHL program until leaving to play for the U.S. National U17 Team.