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American Players and the NHL Entry Draft

June 5, 1968 - Curt Bennett and Herb Boxer become the first American players ever selected at the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal. Bennett went 16th overall to St. Louis, while Boxer was picked 17th overall by Detroit
June 10, 1981 - Rick Zombo of the United States Hockey League’s Austin (Minn.) Mavericks became the first USHL player drafted when the Detroit Red Wings selected him in the eighth round, 149th overall.
June 8, 1983 - Brian Lawton, a center from Mt. St. Charles High School in Rhode Island, becomes the first American picked No. 1 overall when he's selected by the Minnesota North Stars at the Montreal Forum.
June 11, 1988 - The Minnesota North Stars select Mike Modano with the 1st overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, making him the second U.S.-born player ever taken No. 1 overall.
June 24, 2000 - Rick DiPietro becomes the first alumni of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program to be the No. 1 overall selection when he's picked by the New York Islanders.
June 22, 2007 - Patrick Kane, the sixth American-born first overall selection, joins Erik Johnson as the first U.S.-born players to be the No. 1 overall pick in back-to-back years. James van Riemsdyk, who is selected second overall, teams up with Kane to become the first-ever American-born players to be selected with the first two picks in the draft.
June 26, 2010 - A record 11 Americans are selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.