GLENDALE, Ariz. On game days in the Coyotes locker room, Antoine Vermette feels like a representative at the United Nations General Assembly.
Theres the Czech corner, where Martin Hanzal, Radim Vrbata, Rostislav Klesla and Michal Rozsival converse in their complex array of consonant clusters.
Theres the Scandinavian contingent, with Swedish defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Danish forward Mikkel Boedker and Finnish wing Lauri Korpikoski.
Theres the English-speaking Canadian majority, and then theres defenseman Keith Yandle, the lone American regular, whose Boston dialect should probably qualify as a foreign language.
We really mix it up, dont we? said Vermette, the team's lone Qubcois, unless Marc-Antoine Pouliot happens to be up from the American Hockey League.
Hockey has long held multi-cultural bragging rights among the major professional sports, with about a third of its players born outside North America. The vast minor league systems afford foreigners time to absorb and...