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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

U.S. Hall of Famers share memories of Herb Brooks

Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 9:40 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- Herb Brooks long has been synonymous with hockey in the United States. The legendary coach lifted the spirits of millions of Americans during the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" while urging his team on to a stunning win against the Soviets and an unlikely gold medal.

It's no wonder the entire hockey community mourned the death of Brooks, who died in a car accident Aug. 11, 2003. But his legacy lives on with the fans and former players privileged to watch or stand by his side.

Such was the case with Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk, who joined Brooks and 152 other members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday during an induction ceremony and dinner at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium just outside the entrance to the Dallas Marriott City Center.

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Memorable night for newest U.S. Hall of Famers

Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 9:22 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"We don't have to feel we're second to anybody anymore. The Americans are part of the game today as far as professional hockey goes. It's no longer an individual country … it's a world game and the United States expects to win."
-- Lou Lamoriello

DALLAS -- Mike Modano might be the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, but he made it clear Monday during his induction speech into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame that he hopes those numbers do not define him as a player.

"What I'm most proud of is being a part of a group that brought hockey to Texas," Modano said. It was a moment that certainly will not be forgotten by those in attendance at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium during induction ceremonies here in the Lone Star State.

After all, the kid from Livonia, Mich., spent 20 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise before announcing his retirement last Sept. 23. Modano told everyone how much more popular the sport of hockey has become since he first arrived in Dallas in 1993, when there were no more than 100 registered youngsters playing the sport.

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Olczyk 'honored and humbled' by U.S. Hall induction

Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 11:43 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

During the past decade, Eddie Olczyk has developed into one of the top television analysts in all of sports, not just hockey.

But when it was announced July 11 that the Chicago native would be a member of this year's class for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, it was a reminder of how talented Olczyk was during his 16 seasons as a player in the National Hockey League.

Olczyk, who will join Dallas Stars great Mike Modano and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello as the Hall's newest inductees at a ceremony Oct. 15 in Dallas, appeared in 1,031 NHL games during stints in Chicago, Toronto, Winnipeg, New York and Los Angeles. He had 342 goals and 794 points and won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994.

"I'm extremely honored and humbled," Olczyk told NHL.com. "It's just something that I was hoping for, for a long time. I'd be lying if I didn't think it was going to happen at some point, but to have it happen now, it's certainly a great thrill. Everybody's really excited. It's going to be a great night and I'm just really looking forward to it."

Olczyk broke into the League in dramatic fashion, selected by his hometown Blackhawks in the first round (No. 3) of the 1984 NHL Draft. Adding to what already seemed like a Hollywood script, Olczyk had 20 goals and 30 assists in 70 games for Chicago in his rookie season of 1984-85. He added 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, helping the Blackhawks reach the Campbell Conference Finals.

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Olczyk finds second career in broadcast booth

Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 11:23 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When Eddie Olczyk was growing up in Chicago, the Blackhawks didn't televise their home games. He would cheer on the team at night while shooting pucks in his garage, listening to Pat Foley on the radio.

Roughly three decades later, Olczyk now sits alongside Foley in the broadcast booth for Comcast SportsNet in Chicago. When not paired with Foley, Olczyk is calling nationally televised games on NBC with Hall of Fame announcer Doc Emrick.

Indeed, life has been good for Olczyk since he ended his playing career in 2000. Monday, Chicago's first-round pick (No. 3) at the 1984 NHL Draft will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame -- along with Mike Modano and Lou Lamoriello -- at a ceremony to be held at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas.

"I've worked with the very best that we have throughout the National Hockey League," Olczyk told NHL.com. "To be able to work with two voices of hockey -- Doc on a national level for so many years and working with Pat on a local level in Chicago -- when you work with the best, it makes your job a lot easier because there is the intimidation and there is the awe factor. It's about talking about the greatest game in the world and teaching and having fun. It's a privilege. I've been given so many gifts. To get a chance to sit next to those two guys on 122 nights a year to do hockey games, I'm pretty lucky. I couldn't be more pleased to be their partners, that's for sure."

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Modano was elite on the ice, an ambassador off it

Thursday, 10.11.2012 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

In 21 NHL seasons Mike Modano set all-time records for U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374). (Photo: Getty Images)

Mike Modano entered the NHL with elite-level offensive skills. The legacy he leaves behind is as much about how he performed off the ice as what he did on it.

Modano, who retired in September 2011, will take his place in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Oct. 15, when he is inducted along with Stanley Cup champion and NBC hockey analyst Ed Olczyk and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.

In 21 NHL seasons -- 20 of which were spent with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise -- Modano set all-time records for U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374), and he's second only to Phil Housley in assists (813) and to Chris Chelios in games played (1,499). Modano's 146 points are more than any U.S.-born player has scored in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Modano's selflessness helped grow hockey in Texas

Thursday, 10.11.2012 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

As the number of California-born players grows at all levels of hockey, much of the credit is given to Wayne Gretzky for his arrival with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.

The next great prospect pool is growing in Texas -- and for that, credit can be given to Mike Modano and his arrival with the Dallas Stars in 1993.

From the hockey hinterlands, the state of Texas now boasts a thriving hockey culture, one that houses not only the Stars, but three American Hockey League franchises -- the San Antonio Rampage, Houston Aeros and Texas Stars -- as well as two teams in the Central Hockey League. In addition, there are a growing number of youth players, thanks to programs like the Dallas Junior Stars.

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Penguins GM Shero salutes Lamoriello

Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero can still recall the good old days when he took the ice as captain for St. Lawrence University against Providence College and coach Lou Lamoriello.

"I followed his career when he became athletic director at Providence and then left to go to the Devils in 1987, and to see where his career has gone is fantastic," Shero told NHL.com. "I'd just gotten out of school when he went to New Jersey. I think what really stands out to me is his honest approach in dealing with people and with his teams."

Shero can vividly recall spending time with Lamoriello in his early years as an NHL executive.

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Lamoriello's team-first creed turned NJ into winners

Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Lou Lamoriello is the first to admit that the late New Jersey Devils owner, Dr. John McMullen, took a gamble when he hired him as team president back in April 1987. It was a move McMullen made with the hope of turning around a franchise that had failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the five previous seasons.

Prior to joining the Devils, Lamoriello, a successful coach and athletic director at Providence College, had never played, coached or managed in the NHL. That meant nothing to McMullen, who believed in Lamoriello's philosophy in building a winner.

"No one is more important than the logo," Lamoriello told NHL.com. "My philosophy has always been to respect teammates. In order to have success, you need each other. You need your trainers, your equipment people and your scouts. To me, that's what a team is all about, philosophically, and that's what [the New Jersey Devils] are all about."

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Murray Costello's impact on hockey extends to U.S.

Monday, 10.08.2012 / 10:15 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Murray Costello will be honored with the Wayne Gretzky International Award during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Murray Costello may be the head of Hockey Canada, but he's also had a major impact on the growth of the sport in the United States. That impact will be recognized on Oct. 15, when he will be honored with the Wayne Gretzky International Award during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas.

After playing in the NHL for three Original Six teams in the late 1950s, Murray Costello eventually embarked on a more fulfilling career path that would ultimately provide Hockey Canada with the impetus needed to a prosperous future.

Costello's hard work and negotiating acumen played a significant role in the Canadian Hockey Association and the formerly independent Hockey Canada organization joining forces to form an all-new organization under the name of Hockey Canada in 1994.

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USA Hockey to honor Costello with Gretzky Award

Wednesday, 09.05.2012 / 1:44 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Murray Costello, enshrined as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be bestowed the Wayne Gretzky International Award during U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas on Oct. 15.

The award, established by the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999, pays tribute to international individuals who have made major contributions to the growth and advancement of hockey in the United States.

Past recipients of the award include Anatoli Tarasov (2008), Herb Brooks (2004), Bobby Hull (2003), Scotty Bowman (2002), Scotty Morrison (2001), the Howe family (2000) and Gretzky (1999).

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