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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dean of American hockey announcers enters U.S. Hall

Friday, 12.09.2011 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey fans can thank their lucky stars that Charles and Mary Emrick decided to take in a minor-league hockey game with son Michael more than a half century ago.

The contest played that evening between the Fort Wayne Komets and Muskegon Zephyrs in the International Hockey League had a profound impact on Emrick, just 14 at the time. That night, his visions of becoming a baseball broadcaster were forever changed.
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Philadelphia legacy earns Snider call from U.S. Hall

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 3:28 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When Ed Snider is inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, it will be as much for what he s done for the game today as for what he s doing for its future.

Snider, the founding owner and current chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers, will join Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Mike "Doc" Emrick and Keith Tkachuk as the Class of 2011 in a ceremony Dec. 12 in Chicago.

During his time running the Flyers, the team has risen to elite status in the League. In 45 seasons, the Flyers have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs just eight times, tied with St. Louis for the fewest among the "Second Six" expansion franchises. They ve won 16 division titles, eight conference titles and back-to-back Stanley Cups, in 1974-75. They also reached the Stanley Cup Final two seasons ago.
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U.S. inspired new generation with 1996 World Cup win

Monday, 08.01.2011 / 5:44 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

While the three players that will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame this fall credited the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's gold medal win in Lake Placid as the impetus for their hockey careers, today's generation looks to them for their golden victory as their inspiration.

Chris Chelios, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk all played major roles in the U.S. winning the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and will join Philadelphia Flyers founder and owner Ed Snider and long-time hockey broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick when the Class of 2011 is enshrined in Chicago in the fall.

That memorable tournament featured the U.S. and Canada battling in a best-of-3 series that at the time featured the best hockey had to offer.

Game 1 saw Steve Yzerman score in overtime to give Canada a 4-3 victory at the just-opened CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) in Philadelphia, a building Snider financed himself as a new home for his Flyers to replace the Spectrum.
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Chelios leads U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame group

Monday, 08.01.2011 / 2:25 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Three of the greatest U.S.-born players to ever lace on skates, an icon in the sports and entertainment business and one of the most recognized broadcasters in the history of the game headline this year's list of inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

The honorees, announced Monday during a media teleconference by USA Hockey, include defensemen Chris Chelios and Gary Suter, forward Keith Tkachuk, Philadelphia Flyers founder and owner Ed Snider and broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick, who turned 65 Monday. The 39th U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony will be held in Chicago on a date to be determined.

Chelios and Suter combined for 43 seasons along NHL blue lines. Chelios played a record-tying 26 seasons -- six with the Montreal Canadiens, nine with the Chicago Blackhawks and 10 with the Detroit Red Wings before closing his career with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009-10 at the age of 48. He retired as the oldest U.S.-born hockey player ever and the second oldest in NHL history behind former Detroit legend Gordie Howe (52). Chelios currently works as the executive advisor to Detroit GM Ken Holland.
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Hatchers reunited as U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers

Thursday, 10.21.2010 / 6:31 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Kevin Hatcher remembers sitting in the Washington Capitals' dressing room when Dino Ciccarelli walked in with a hot temper and swelling around his eye.

"He came in after the second period and his eye was slowly closing, so he couldn't play. So he said, 'Somebody better get that [guy],'" Hatcher said. "It was such an awkward position for me to have my teammate, who I actually roomed with for a while in Dino, and have him yelling across the room at my brother."

Hockey has a long-established tradition of protecting one's own, but once in a while a wrench gets thrown into the mix. As he sat by his locker that night, that wrench stared Hatcher in the face. Ciccarelli missed the rest of the game because of a collision with Kevin's brother Derian, leaving Kevin in the uncomfortable position of balancing his team against his family.
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Old rivals Roenick, D. Hatcher enter as brothers

Wednesday, 10.20.2010 / 10:11 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I had my jaw wired shut and I actually came back and played 17 days later in the playoffs. I put on a big storm-trooper helmet and played Game 7 of the first round." -- Jeremy Roenick

The average healing time for a broken jaw is roughly six weeks, and most medical professionals will tell you playing an intense contact sport is unlikely to aid the process.

Then again, Jeremy Roenick wasn't your average patient.

In 1999, Roenick became accustomed to sipping his meals through a straw before he took the ice in the postseason for the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I had my jaw wired shut," Roenick said, "and I actually came back and played 17 days later in the playoffs. I put on a big storm-trooper helmet and played Game 7 of the first round."
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Keenan's tough love helped shape Roenick's career

Friday, 07.23.2010 / 12:47 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jeremy Roenick vividly can recall the day "Iron Mike" challenged him to shape up or ship out.

It occurred during Roenick's first NHL season, in 1988-89, when Chicago Blackhawks coach Mike Keenan was in command. It was Keenan's inaugural season in the Windy City following four years in Philadelphia, during a preseason game against the Minnesota North Stars, in Kalamazoo, Mich.

"I was so scared when I entered the League, but Mike Keenan changed all that," Roenick said. "He scared the dickens out of me."
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Hatcher enjoying chance to pass wisdom to his sons

Thursday, 07.22.2010 / 4:50 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Derian Hatcher was one of the more intimidating defensemen of his time. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Hatcher's ability to practically check opposing players through the boards earned him that reputation during a playing career that lasted from 1991-2008.

These days, Hatcher is passing his experiences on to younger players, including his two sons, Chase and Kelton. Hatcher was able to coach Chase during the 2010 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament in March, an experience that was memorable for father and son.

"I'm so glad I got to coach my sons," Hatcher said during a conference call Thursday after being announced as a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2010. "I think sometimes watching them play, I might get frustrated or something, but I'm just glad I had the chance. I'll continue coaching this year, both of them."
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Roenick, Hatchers head USA '10 Hall of Fame class

Thursday, 07.22.2010 / 2:00 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

A few weeks ago, NBC Sports commentator Jeremy Roenick was an emotional wreck on live television when his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, snapped their 49-year Stanley Cup drought.

He was the same way at the news conference announcing his retirement last summer -- so one can only imagine his state of mind three months from now when he stands before family and friends to discuss his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Roenick headlines a fantastic Hall of Fame class for 2010 -- a group that oozes charisma, strength and leadership.

The honorees, announced Thursday, include Roenick; Derian and Kevin Hatcher; Art Berglund; and Dr. George Nagobads. The 38th U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony will be held Oct. 21, at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild