Texas city becoming hockey prospect factory

Seth Jones, who could possibly be picked No. 1 in the next NHL draft, during U-17 Team USA practice...

Seth Jones, who could possibly be picked No. 1 in the next NHL draft, during U-17 Team USA practice at the MTS Iceplex in Headingley, Man., Dec. 27, 2010. (MARCEL CRETAIN/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

PLANO, TEX. - This affluent community of 260,000 people, often picked as one of the best places to live in America, is also one of the most popular homes to corporate America.

Driving along its flat and featureless terrain ("Plano" is Spanish for flat) among its twisting overpasses, you'll see the corporate headquarters of companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard, Dr. Pepper-Snapple and Pizza Hut, CA Technologies and Ericsson. The city is thus responsible for producing a wide variety of some of the most popular consumer products in America.

Laptops.

Smart phones.

Pizza.

You can apparently add another product to the list: blue chip hockey prospects.

This suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex could very well be home to the top pick in the 2013 NHL draft, giving Plano two first-round picks in the last three years.

That's potentially two more than, say, Montreal has produced in that time.


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