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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Chelios, Suter, Tkachuk enter U.S. Hockey Hall

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

Brian Hedger - 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.

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 - 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, while heading to the elevators with a Cheshire Cat grin on his face. "Somebody stole it. Maybe it was the Canadians."

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 - 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.

Chelios hasn't lost his love for the game

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 7:46 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

The question appeared to catch Chris Chelios a little off-guard.

"Could you still play in the National Hockey League right now?" he was asked recently during a conversation with

The 49-year old former star defenseman, who will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, retired in 2010 and took a job as executive advisor to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. He has an office at Joe Louis Arena, complete with a flat screen TV on one wall and a giant dry-erase board on the other for tracking and grading players.

Chelios set to enter U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 5:53 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

The stories often sound more like rumors, kind of far-fetched; tall tales told by your grandpa on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Ask around about legendary NHL defenseman Chris Chelios and you're sure to run into a few legendary ones.

Some are funny, like the image of him donning an apron at a Chicago diner and cooking breakfast. Others are a little folksy, like the one about the perennial NHL All-Star driving around looking for a good pick-up game with his hockey equipment in the trunk.

Suter deserves place among American-born greats

Sunday, 12.11.2011 / 10:31 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

Ask those who've played with or against Gary Suter and the terms "underrated" or "underappreciated" are likely to come up a few times.

"His demeanor off the ice is the same exact way it was on the ice. He doesn't like attention and he was the same type of player. He just did his job and didn't want the attention. He'd rather be in a deer blind than the public eye. That's just who he is."
-- Chris Chelios on Gary Suter

Despite winning the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames, playing 1,145 games over 17 NHL seasons and racking up 844 points (203 goals and 641 assists), Suter still gets a little lost in the shuffle in a discussion about great defensemen.

"He was just an all-around good defenseman," said Trent Yawney, who played with Suter in Calgary. "When you mention his name, the first thing that comes to mind is 'underrated,' because he didn't get a lot of notoriety like some of the other guys -- but he was every bit as good as the ones who did."

On Monday in Chicago, that will change.

Suter will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame along with good friend and former defense partner Chris Chelios, star power forward Keith Tkachuk, legendary announcer Mike Emrick and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider. Earlier this week, Suter spent some time with talking about his impressive, though somewhat unheralded, hockey career and the pending induction.

Tkachuk left indelible mark on Coyotes' Doan

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

When you play hockey for as long as Keith Tkachuk, you're going to have an influence on a lot of people. But perhaps Tkachuk, who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Chicago, made his biggest impact on Shane Doan.

Tkachuk spent 10 seasons playing for the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise, the final eight as the team's captain and the final six alongside Doan, who is the current captain of the Coyotes.

Doan broke into the NHL in 1995 as an 18-year-old budding power forward. The 6-foot-1, 223-pound Doan couldn't have found a better role model for his career than Tkachuk, the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder who scored 102 goals during Doan's first two seasons.

Tkachuk developed into a top U.S. power forward

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 9:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Very few American-born players have had NHL careers that rival that of Keith Tkachuk.

The native of Melrose, Mass., who was nicknamed "Walt" by teammate Eddie Olczyk, finished with 538 goals and 1,065 points, which rank him third and fifth, respectively, all-time among Americans. The forward's rough-and-tumble style led to him amassing 2,219 career penalty minutes, fourth-most among Americans.

Tkachuk's production over his 19 NHL seasons helped him earn a spot in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame along with fellow 2011 class members Gary Suter, Chris Chelios, Ed Snider and Mike "Doc" Emrick. All five will be inducted Monday in Chicago.

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 - 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.

Philadelphia legacy earns Snider call from U.S. Hall

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

Adam Kimelman - 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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