DALLAS, Tx. -- The growth of hockey in the United States is alive and well according to 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy recipients Dick Patrick and Bob Chase-Wallenstein.
"Hockey has grown tremendously the past 30 years or so," Patrick said. "When [U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee] Mike Modano was coming up through the system, the best players in the United States were from Minnesota and Detroit, but now they're coming from all over, including Washington, California and Dallas."
Modano can vividly recall the first time he learned how Americans were viewed overseas.
"I didn't know the impact it had until I went to Moscow in 1987 to play in the World Junior Championship and see the impact, internationally, that we had and how people viewed American hockey players," Modano said. "That perception they had about us … we were so young at the time that we wanted to change that perception. It was almost like the Europeans didn't think we belonged on their level. We always wanted to prove to other countries that we could play with anyone."
Dick Patrick was humbled when told he'd be one of two recipients of the 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy to be awarded on Monday at U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in downtown Dallas.
Dick Patrick becomes the third family member to receive the trophy, which is named after his grandfather. The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the NHL by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport's development.
Sam Rothstein stands just 5-foot-8 and 164 pounds, but he Sioux Falls Stampede center stood tall last week, and because of that was named co-winner of the United States Hockey League's CCM Forward of the Week.
Rothstein had three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in two games as Sioux Falls extended its win streak to four games. He had the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win at the Indiana Ice on Friday, and had a pair of goals and two assists in a 6-5 overtime win Saturday against the Fargo Force.
James Roll of the Des Moines Buccaneers was named CCM Defenseman of the Week after scoring his first two goals of the season last week. The 6-1, 179-pound blueliner had his first USHL goal in a 6-2 win Friday against the Omaha Lancers. He followed that with a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He also played a major role in the Bucs' penalty-killing unit that went a perfect 7-for-7 in the two weekend games.
Roll's teammate, goalie Bill Christopoulos shared the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award with the Waterloo Black Hawks' Calvin Petersen.
Christopoulos made 47 saves for his first USHL win in the 3-2 shootout win against Muskegon on Saturday. It was the most saves by any USHL goaltender this season. He made 19 saves alone in the first period, and stopped two of three attempts in his first shootout.
Petersen, rated as a C-list goaltender in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, made his first start of the season a memorable one, stopping all 25 shots he faced -- including 12 in the third period -- in a 2-0 win against Omaha on Friday, his first USHL shutout.
Mike Modano still needs to pinch himself when told he'll be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in the city of Dallas.
Modano received quite an ovation when introduced to the stage as one of the three U.S. Hall of Fame inductees on Monday by Master of Ceremonies Steve Levy.
"We never really felt in our heart of hearts that hockey would move down here and thrive like it has and, in the process, turn [the Dallas Stars] into one of the most successful franchises in the League," Modano said. "It's been a remarkable transition the way the game has changed in Dallas. It's been great watching the popularity and the way it has come together."
Lou Lamoriello admits one of his greatest experiences was helping the United States capture the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
"Winning the Stanley Cup and three of them is, without question, the highest honor and it's side by side with the 1996 World Cup with Mike [Modano] and the group we had there and the time we had there," Lamoriello said. "It was all about never letting each other down and we were going to find a way to win."
As the general manager for Team USA, Lamoriello certainly had his work cut out.
Don't be surprised if Ed Olczyk becomes a tad emotional when he steps to the podium to talk about his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in downtown Dallas.
During his media availability prior the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Ceremony & Dinner, Olczyk was asked if he would be able to get through his speech without breaking down.
Um, fat chance.
"I cried when I signed my first contract with the Chicago Blackhawks back in 1984," Olczyk said. "I cried when my wife was walking down the aisle in August of '88. I cried when I played my last game in the NHL and cried when all my kids were born. I'm sure [Monday] will be no different, and I know for sure I'll be crying when I'm six feet under."
Sven Andrighetto had a solid showing last season, his first with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but it wasn't enough to get him drafted by the NHL.
This season, the native of Zurich, Switzerland is doing his best to hear his name called at the 2013 draft. The 5-foot-9.5, 175-pound right wing had four goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in four games last week, earning him the Telus First Star of the Week.
Andrighetto started his week four assists in a 5-4 win against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday, He had a pair of goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Saint John Sean Dogs on Friday and added goals in a 6-3 win against the PEI Rocket on Saturday and Sunday in a 3-2 win against the Moncton Wildcats. The goal against Moncton was the game-winner.
With 22 points in 11 games, Andrighetto is second in the league in scoring, and his 13 assists are tied for the lead.
Victoriaville Tigres center Angelo Miceli was named second star after totaling eight points in three games. He had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday, and had the same output in a 5-4 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Saturday. He closed his week Sunday with a pair of goals and two assists in a 5-3 defeat of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
PEI Rocket goalie Antoine Bibeau was named third star for stopping all 22 shots he faced for his first QMJHL shutout in a 4-0 win against Saint John. He followed that with 21 saves in a 4-3 PEI overtime victory Friday against Acadie-Bathurst.
They weren't the only QMJHL draft prospects to turn in big performances last week:
"I know Bobby Orr came after Gordie, as did [Wayne] Gretzky, but in my day, Gordie was the standard and Gordie was the guy," Costello said.
Knowing he would call him a teammate was something he would forever treasure. Costello, who will receive the Wayne Gretzky International Award during U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Oct. 15, played in the NHL for three "Original Six" franchises from 1953-57 -- the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Detroit.
For the past six decades, Bob Chase-Wallenstein has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Fort Wayne Komets of the East Coast Hockey League for the 50,000-watt Indiana-based station, WOWO.
He has inspired many young sports enthusiasts to pursue a career in hockey broadcasting, including Mike "Doc" Emrick. That's one reason he'll receive the Lester Patrick Trophy at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday.
Not to be forgotten, however, is the memorable broadcast he presented on March 20, 1954, at the Indiana State High School basketball championship. The game involved tiny Milan High School against mighty Muncie Central, the prohibitive favorite seeking a fifth straight championship.
It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.