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Plano Is a Hotbed of Hockey Talent, Says Canada!

Skip the boring lede on this Edmonton Sun story:

This affluent community of 260,000 people, often picked as one of t

he 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.

And jump right to the meat:

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.

Defenceman Seth Jones, the son of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones and Red Line scouting report’s projected No. 1 next summer, spent time growing up here when his dad was playing for the Mavericks. Stefan Noesen, the Plymouth Whalers forward who was picked 21st overall in the 2011 draft by the Ottawa Senators, is a Plano native and played here until he moved north at 14.