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Scott Young To Be Inducted Into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Avalanche alum is one of five members honored as part of 2017 class

by Erin Hodges /

The United States Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Monday its five-member class of 2017, including former Colorado Avalanche forward Scott Young.

"I was thrilled," Young said to NHL Network in an interview on Monday. "It is an honor to be inducted into the U.S Hockey Hall of Fame. The players that are in it currently… I have so much respect for them."

In his 17-year NHL career, Young registered 757 points (342 goals, 415 assists) in 1,181 NHL games with seven different teams.

The Clinton, Massachusetts, native joined the Quebec Nordiques in 1992 and stayed with the franchise for five seasons. In his first campaign with the Nordiques, he tallied an impressive six short-handed goals.

After three seasons in Quebec's capital city, he moved with the club to its current home in Denver and was a crucial part of the Avalanche's 1995-96 Stanley Cup championship team. Young recorded 60 points (21 goals and 29 assists) in 81 regular-season games that year before adding three goals and 12 assists in 22 playoff games en route to his second Stanley Cup.

Wearing No. 48, the forward registered 37 points (18 goals and 19 assists) the following season with the Avs. He is 20th all time in franchise scoring with 247 points (133 goals and 134 assists), which included four three-goal games--tied for 10th most in Avalanche/Nordiques history.

Selected 11th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers, Young officially joined the team during the 1987-88 season after participating in the 1988 Winter Olympics with Team USA.

Young was not a stranger to international competition as he represented the United States on several occasions. At the 1987 World Junior Championship, he was one of two U.S. players to be named to the tournament all-star team after totaling nine points (seven goals and two assists) in seven games. He also participated in the 1987, 1989 and 1994 IIHF World Championship tournaments. At the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, he helped the U.S to a gold medal.

Young was an Olympian on three occasions, as he played in the Olympics in 1988, 1992 and in 2002, earning a silver medal on a Herb Brooks-coached team at that year's Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

He joined the Pittsburgh Penguins midway through the 1990-91 campaign after two-plus seasons in Hartford and won his and the team's first Stanley Cup title later that spring.

Young spent eight more years in the NHL after his time in Colorado, playing with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, St. Louis Blue and Dallas Stars before retiring from the league following the 2005-06 season.

Other members of the 2017 hall of fame class include former coaches Jack Parker, Ben Smith and Ron Wilson and retired NHL linesman Kevin Collins.

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