LAKE PLACID NY - AUGUST 03: Team USA players sign autographs upon their arrival for a game against Team Sweden at the USA Hockey National Evaluation Camp game on August 3 2010 in Lake Placid New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
What better day than today to ask the question. During their 15 years in the Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix Coyotes have had their fair share of elite American citizens on their roster. Below are brief synopses on the 4 most likely candidates for the title 'Favorite American Coyote'. Feel free to explain your votes in the comments section.
Keith Yandle - The current Coyotes star has only worn the red ,white, and blue once so far (2010 World Championships). However, he will likely be wearing those colors often in the future. He's arguably the best U.S. born defensemen in the NHL right now.
Jeremy Roenick - The former NHL All-Star is known for someone who speaks his mind, including on U.S. national team matters. He was also a pretty decent hockey player. He represented the U.S. in the IIHF World Junior Championships, The Canada Cup, World Cup, and the Olympics. He is 2nd on the list of American born goal scorers in the NHL. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame last year.
Keith Tkachuk - Along with Roenick, the former Coyotes captain is one of only four Americans to score more than 500 goals in the NHL. He played for Team USA at the 1996 World Cup, as well as four straight Olympics starting in 1998. Tkachuk was the captain of the Desert Dogs during his stint in the Valley. He still owns the franchise record for most game winning goals.
Robert Esche - The goalie might not be the first player you think of in this category, but he wore the USA Hockey sweater on numerous occasions. He represented his country in two IIHF Wold Junior Championships, three IIHF World Championships, the 2004 World Cup, and the 2006 Olympics. He currently plays in Switzerland.
Who is/was the best American born player to ever to don a Coyotes uniform?
Keith Yandle (25 votes)
Jeremy Roenick (24 votes)
Keith Tkachuk (18 votes)
Robert Esche (2 votes)
Other (2 votes)
71 total votes