Players with nationalities you didnt expect based on their name

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  1. Hybbe Registered User

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    When I got into the NHL in 92/93, I genuinely thought he was swedish (I'm swedish), learned pretty quickly that he wasn't. I think his grandparents are though.
     
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    His father is from London England but Alex grew up speaking French in Montreal.
     
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    I'm Swedish and I thought that too. I used to save Eric Lindros hockey cards because I thought he was Swedish.
     
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    I was shocked to find out Andreas Lilja was of African descent.
     
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    Less than 10% of the Swedish speaking population of Finland comes from the Åland and he is not one of them. Borgström is in fact not a Swedish speaker despite his name
     
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    William Nylander is as Canadian as maple syrup.

    Born in Calgary Alberta
     
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    Italian? Ahahahah my sides are splitting.
     
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    Hahaha, yeah I was pretty fired up to see some Italian presence in the NHL. Then I saw both were being considered for Canada's Olympic team in 2010, and found I was way off on their nationality.
     
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    Apparently:

    Anders Lee is not Asian

    Hal Gill is not Punjabi
     
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    Not to be a jerk, but "Milan" isn’t even an Italian name. The city itself is called Milano and it’s definitely not a (common) boys name in Italy (let’s not even address Lucic ;) )

    On the other hand, Roberto Luongo‘s dad is Italian. So not far off at all.
     
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    To be fair, those names are northern European.
     
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    I was surprised that "Jaccob" Slavin is from somewhere that knows how English letters work.
     
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    It becomes more obvious when you realise his name is actually Alexandre Ménard-Burrows.
     
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    Im sure someone said that already tho ...
     
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    Actually 98% of the worlds maple syrup reserves come for Quebec ...... and Wee Willy is Way too soft to be French Canadian.
     
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    Well Mike Bossy IS French Canadian.
     
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    Yeah, but then even his own teammate couldn’t get it sorted out.
     
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    He's Slovakian
     
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    Weird. It's definitely not of French origin, most likely Germanic/Scottish. From what I gathered, several Lang came to Canada in the late 18th/19th century under the British rule.
     
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    Darcy Rota is Philipino
     
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    Way too soft to come from the Ottawa Valley as well and I'll put Lanark County Maple syrup up against any, anywhere, anytime. Temple's, Fortune's, all good Canadian Boys lol.
     
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    Douglas Murrray...Was surprised to learn that he's Swedish?
     
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    In Russia everyone thought that Martin Gelinas is czech or slovak, since in russian our sports press was writing his name as Martin Zhilina
     
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    Brandon yip is half Irish
     
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    Claude Julien too
     

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