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 USA Hockey Hall of Fame.
Roenick headlines a fantastic Hall of Fame class for 2010 -- a group that just 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.
Upon announcing his retirement, Roenick, a two-time U.S. Olympian and nine-time NHL All-Star, quickly became one of the League's most outspoken television analysts. The Boston, native is the second former Blackhawk to be inducted in as many years -- Tony Amonte was honored in 2009.
Roenick retired from the NHL with 513 goals and 703 assists for 1,216 points in 1,363 regular-season games with Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and the Sharks. Among U.S.-born players, only Mike Modano (557) and Keith Tkachuk (538) have scored more goals.
With the Blackhawks from 1988-96, Roenick scored 267 goals, seventh all-time in the Original Six franchise's history. He twice scored more than 50 goals and made his only appearance in the Stanley Cup Final with the club in 1992. Roenick had 53 goals and 69 assists in 154 Stanley Cup Playoff games; his 6 goals in Game 7s are tied for second all-time.
He contributed to the 2004 Philadelphia Flyers' team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals and is one of 24 players -- 16 of whom are in the Hockey Hall of Fame -- with at least 500 goals and 700 assists.
The Hatchers are the first brother combination enshrined at the same time since Mark and Scott Fusco entered in 2002.
Kevin Hatcher was drafted in the first round (No. 17) by the Capitals in 1984. A five-time NHL All-Star, the defenseman had 227 goals, 677 points and 1,392 penalty minutes in 1,157 NHL games over 16 full seasons with the Capitals, Stars, Penguins, Rangers and Hurricanes. Hatcher's best season offensively was in 1992-93 with Washington, when he registered career-highs of 34 goals and 79 points in 83 games. Internationally, he represented the United States in two Canada Cups, the 1996 World Cup and the '98 Olympics. He retired at the end of the 2000-01 campaign.
Derian also spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including 12 with the Stars (Minnesota and Dallas), one with Detroit and three with Philadelphia. The defenseman was drafted in the first round (No. 8) by the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 and scored in his NHL debut, Oct. 12, 1991. He became the first U.S.-born captain of a Stanley Cup champion in 1999, when Dallas eliminated the Buffalo Sabres in six games. Derian also represented the U.S. at the 1998 and 2006 Olympics, and the 1996 and 2004 World Cup. He retired from the game in June 2009.
The brothers played together for two seasons in Dallas, beginning in 1994-95.
Berglund's career in international ice hockey spans portions of five decades, during which he managed or served on the administrative staff of more than 30 U.S. teams in a variety of tournaments worldwide.
He served as USA Hockey's director of national teams and international activities for 11 years before being named senior director of international administration in 1996.
After a brief professional playing stint in Switzerland and Austria, Berglund was hired by Thayer Tutt to work at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. He managed the Broadmoor Arena for 13 years, and during that time served USA Hockey in a variety of capacities -- managing the 1973, '74 and '75 U.S. national teams before accepting his first Olympic assignment, as general manager of the 1976 U.S. team. In 1977, Berglund was named general manager of the first U.S. National Junior Team -- a position he'd hold eight times.
"Art has worked as hard and long to promote and elevate the American hockey player than anyone ever," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "He has pioneered initiatives and programs that are taken for granted today. And he has been a highly respected voice among his international hockey peers for over 30 years."
Berglund worked in the NHL for a time in the 1970s and '80s, serving as a U.S scout for the St. Louis blues and director of player recruitment for the Colorado Rockies.
He received the NHL's Lester Patrick Award in 1992 for outstanding contributions to the sport of ice hockey in the U.S., and also received the American Hockey Coaches Association's Jim Fullerton Award in 2000 -- an honor recognizing an individual demonstrating a love for the purity of the sport.
Nagobads is renowned for his role as team physician for the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team. In all, he was the team doctor for 30 USA hockey squads from 1967-90.Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale
Author: Mike G. Morreale | NHL.com Staff Writer