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NHL teams draft 59 Americans in 2010

Updated: June 26, 2010, 10:59 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Jason Zucker's first skates had wheels. The 3-year-old kid learned the fundamentals of hockey not on a pastoral Canadian pond, but inside a roller rink in the stifling heat of Las Vegas.

Zucker didn't touch ice until he was 6, following his older brothers onto an air-conditioned hotel sheet.

Twelve years later, he pulled on a Minnesota Wild jersey Saturday as a second-round NHL draft selection -- the first player ever drafted from Las Vegas, the sprawling desert gambling ...

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