Hockey has long promoted itself as the most international of North American sports. With players from all over Canada, the United States, and throughout Europe, the claim certainly holds weight.
The NHL has also seen it's fair share of unique hockey birthplaces over the years. Last week we saw another such case, as Bahamas-born Andre Deveaux made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Now don't go making the mistake of thinking the Bahamas will challenge Canada in future Olympic games. According to Patrick Houda's great work on Global Hockey Facts on SIHR's website, the Bahamas only ice rink is a 1600 sq foot outdoor sheet of ice at Breezes Resort. The rink was only built in 2000, and there are no registered hockey players in the country.
Deveaux moved to Canada with his family when he was just three years old. He was introduced to the game in Welland, Ontario, which he calls home.
Bahamas is just the latest oddball country to have given birth to a NHL player. Taiwan, Venezuela, Paraguay, Nigeria and Lebanon are just a few more examples. I take a look at all of hockey's oddball birthplaces in this week's edition of Hockey's Believe It Or Not over at HockeyStars.com.