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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

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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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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U.S. Hall inductees to be enshrined Oct. 15 in Dallas

Thursday, 08.02.2012 / 12:42 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL.com

USA Hockey announced on Thursday that the 2012 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class, which includes Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano and Eddie Olczyk, will be enshrined Oct. 15 in Dallas.

"We're really pleased to bring the induction event to Dallas," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "The Class of 2012 is extraordinary and we anticipate a record crowd for what will be a spectacular evening."

It marks the first time that Texas will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner, which will be held on the ice at the Plaza of the Americas in Dallas.

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Modano, Olczyk, Lamoriello named to U.S. HHOF

Wednesday, 07.11.2012 / 4:02 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Three prominent figures who helped make hockey what is in the United States will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall.

USA Hockey announced Wednesday that Dallas Stars great Mike Modano, former player/current television analyst Ed Olczyk and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello will be its newest inductees. The trio will be enshrined at a location and date to be announced in the near future.

"What a remarkable class," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "The positive impact this group has had on our sport is one that will be felt for decades to come."
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Chelios, Suter, Tkachuk enter U.S. Hockey Hall

Monday, 12.12.2011 / 11:36 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – It was a day for memories and a lot of good ones were shared.

Of course, that's just to be expected whenever you celebrate the career achievements of people who've dedicated the bulk of their lives to a passion for hockey – whether it was playing, calling games or trying to keep the sport strong as an owner.

On Monday night at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame officially welcomed its 2011 class -- which included players Chris Chelios, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk, along with legendary television announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick and enterprising Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider.
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U.S. Hall class united by improbable '96 World Cup run

Monday, 12.12.2011 / 4:39 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Keith Tkachuk just hunched his shoulders and smiled.

The former star power forward, known to many by his nickname "Walt," was asked on Sunday night if he knows the whereabouts of the trophy that was awarded for the United States' stunning defeat of Canada to win the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Tkachuk was on the U.S. roster and contributed 5 goals and 6 points in that tournament. Standing in a basement hallway at the United Center, the day before he and former U.S. teammates Gary Suter and Chris Chelios were to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Chicago, Tkachuk could only chuckle about the trophy's current residence.

"I don't know," he told NHL.com, while heading to the elevators with a Cheshire Cat grin on his face. "Somebody stole it. Maybe it was the Canadians."
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A look at the best America has to offer on ice

Monday, 12.12.2011 / 2:06 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Three members of the historic 1996 U.S. World Cup championship team will be among those honored when the United States Hockey Hall of Fame inducts the Class of 2011 Monday in Chicago.
 
Joining Gary Suter, Chris Chelios and Keith Tkachuk in this year's class are Flyers founding owner Ed Snider and long-time hockey broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick.
 
However, it's the three players that were part of one of the greatest generations of U.S. hockey that draw the most attention.
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