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Hall of Fame

Live from the Hall

Monday, 11.08.2010 / 8:00 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Ciccarelli caps historic night with emotional speech
11.08.2010 / 9:39 PM ET

Dino Ciccarelli didn't let a broken leg stop him from proving his critics wrong. His diminutive size was nothing compared to his passion and will to succeed, especially in the dirty areas of the ice.

The Minnesota North Stars took a chance on Ciccarelli when he was 19 years old and he wound up playing 19 years in the NHL, scoring 608 goals and 1,200 points. He waited eight years to get here since retiring in 2002, but Ciccarelli got to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.

Here is some of what Ciccarelli had to say in his speech, the final one of a historic night:
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Ciccarelli worked off the ice same as he did on it

Monday, 11.08.2010 / 3:10 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"He was a competitive guy. He played hard, Dino, and he would do his negotiations with me and we would fight. He was tough, but I certainly never, ever held that against Dino. He was a good hockey player."
-- Jim Devellano

TORONTO -- Oh, what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall when Jim Devellano and Dino Ciccarelli started contract negotiations.

"You know, two Italian guys fighting," Devellano told NHL.com Monday after receiving his Hall of Fame ring beside Ciccarelli. "Boy, I tell you, we had battles."

Ciccarelli said he represented himself for most of his negotiations because, "I'm a stubborn guy and I believed in what I thought I was worth compared to the numbers I was putting up."

Ciccarelli signed with Detroit in 1992, when Bryan Murray was the general manager and Devellano was two years into his current position as Senior Vice President. Devellano, who was GM in Detroit from 1982-90, took over again in 1994 and handled contract negotiations until Ken Holland was promoted to GM in 1997.

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Goyette, Heaney and Campbell could earn Hall call

Monday, 11.08.2010 / 2:46 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Angela James and Cammi Granato long have been called pioneers for women's hockey and Monday night they'll be recognized for it when they become the first two females to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This induction, however, is about them -- their accomplishments, their history and their paths to becoming legends in the game. With their induction into what used to be strictly an all-boys fraternity, however, comes the question of who is next and when will that be?

James and Granato can rattle off a list of names of female counterparts who could and perhaps should be celebrating with them this weekend as part of the Class of 2010.

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Granato, James ready to make history at Hall of Fame

Sunday, 11.07.2010 / 9:40 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Hockey Hall of Fame weekend is already in full throttle, and Monday night history will officially be made when Cammi Granato and Angela James become the first women to be inducted.

"It's something that I never ever thought was attainable," Granato told NHL.com. "For me, the Hockey Hall of Fame is somewhere where legends go, where your idols go. My heart starts to beat faster when I think about it. I can't believe that it's even possible that I'm going to be inducted."

It became possible because the committee members that vote on which legends get to join the exclusive Hall of Fame fraternity made it to be a co-ed club this year, thereby turning this weekend here in Toronto into a huge celebration of women in hockey.
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Ciccarelli turned 'second chance' into HOF career

Saturday, 11.06.2010 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Dino Ciccarelli can remember just once stumping for himself and his Hall of Fame credentials. It was in 2006 when his father, Vic, was dying of cancer, and Dino knew he wasn't going to make it to 2007.

"Maybe that one time I was politicking to get in," Ciccarelli told NHL.com, "but other than that, you just have to wait and see if your peers and the committee make the decision for you."

It didn't happen for Dino and Vic in 2006, but when he steps on stage Monday in front of the bright lights and TSN's cameras, Ciccarelli will have several generous and loving words to say about his father's role in getting him to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

After eight years of waiting, Ciccarelli will get his ring, his jacket and his plaque on Monday in Toronto. He joins Cammi Granato, Angela James, Darryl "Doc" Seaman and Jim Devellano in the Hall's Class of 2010.
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Seaman's Hall induction recognition of a humble man

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 4:49 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Daryl "Doc" Seaman rarely spoke of the 82 combat missions he flew out of North Africa in World War II as a sub-hunting pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

It was personal, and in a way, memories "Doc" wanted to keep stashed away in the back of his mind.

"He didn't open up about that until the last few years (of his life)," Doc's son, Bob Seaman, told NHL.com. "There was some amazing stuff, like trying to fly into Gibraltar one night, running out of fuel, he couldn't find the air strip because it was so dark and they were flying by the light of the stars. Stuff you can't imagine when you're 20 years old."

But Bob Seaman said his dad, who passed away last year at the age of 86, wasn't much for words anyway.
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For James, a women's pioneer, Hall is ultimate honor

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 11:09 AM / Hall of Fame

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Of players who brought the women's game to the forefront, Angela would be at the top of that list. We see the evolution of the women's hockey game and I'm proud. I know my daughters can benefit from pioneers like Angela."
-- Adam Graves

The incredible hockey career of Angela James is set for its most incredible honor.

In a career filled with countless accolades, Monday's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame will trump them all.

That is saying something, considering James' pedigree as one of the greatest female players ever to take the ice.

After all, this is a woman who already calls four halls of fame home, including the Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

"I would never have thought that women's hockey would be in that class," James told NHL.com. "It's going to be great for hockey, it's going to be great for women's hockey and it's going to be great for women in sports. It's nothing that I expected ever to happen."

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Hall induction caps Granato's trail-blazing career

Wednesday, 11.03.2010 / 11:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

For U.S. Olympic gold medalist and women's hockey pioneer Cammi Granato, being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame is the crowning achievement to a hockey career brimming with accolades.

Granato, joined by Canadian hockey star Angela James, will become one of the first two women inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when the 2010 class is enshrined Nov. 8. Granato and James will be joined by NHL legend Dino Ciccarelli in the players' category. Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano and former Calgary owner Darryl "Doc" Seaman enter in the builders' category.

"It's something that I never ever thought was attainable," Granato told NHL.com. "For me, the Hockey Hall of Fame is somewhere where legends go, where your idols go. My heart starts to beat faster when I think about it. I can't believe that it's even possible that I'm going to be inducted."

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Hall of Fame enshrinement fitting for Devellano

Thursday, 10.28.2010 / 9:43 AM / Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"There's a couple of things you'd like to accomplish if you're in my position long enough -- one is to win a Stanley Cup, and the other probably would be to cap your time in the game as a builder in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But you have to be voted in. It's not the easiest thing to accomplish. You're thankful when it happens, for sure." -- Jimmy Devellano

Forty-four years and seven Stanley Cup championships later, Jimmy Devellano finally will get his night in Toronto when he's inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 8.

Devellano, who is currently a Senior Vice-President and Alternate Governor for the Detroit Red Wings, will be enshrined in the Builder Category. Devellano was hired as the Red Wings' GM in 1982 by owners Mike and Marian Ilitch after helping construct the New York Islanders from scratch. With Devellano's help, the Islanders went on to win four straight Stanley Cups from 1980-83.

The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups since Devellano's arrival and have reached the Stanley Cup Final on six occasions. While he's since passed the torch to current GM Ken Holland, the winning hasn't stopped. Detroit won its last championship in 2008 and returned to the final round the following year.
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Berglund Gets His Due

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 7:26 PM / Hall of Fame

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- While Jeremy Roenick, Derian Hatcher and Kevin Hatcher are the obvious headliners at Thursday's U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Inductions, longtime executive Art Berglund may have cast the largest shadow across the U.S. hockey landscape.

"When I think of USA Hockey the first person I think of is Art Berglund," Roenick said Thursday afternoon. "I think he's probably one of the main guys that, through the years, has been the sole main reason why USA Hockey is what it is today.

In more than four decades in international hockey, Berglund was one of the administrators that helped transform USA hockey into a regular world power after years of being considered below the top tier of the sport. After working for the NHL's St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies in the 1970s and 80s, Berglund joined USA Hockey in 1984 as its director of national teams and international activities. Since 1984, the program has become a consistent contender on all levels with major achievements ranging from the U.S.'s win in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey against Canada to its victory in last year's World Junior Championships.
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