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John Bucyk to be Honored in Mass Hockey Hall of Fame,13th Annual Induction is November 14th

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins hall of famer John "Chief" Bucyk waves  at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Boston, MA –
Joining a stellar lineup of past and current hockey greats recognized for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the sport of ice hockey in Massachusetts, eight men and one woman will be inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday November 14, 2007. The 13th Annual induction ceremony and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA.  Bernie Corbett, longtime voice of the BU Terriers, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Headlining the class of 2007 inductees are legendary Bruin and NHL Hall of Famer John Bucyk, Needham’s Cap Raeder, Canton’s Hilary Witt and Wakefield’s Bobby Wheeler. Also, coaching legends Buddy Ferriera and Garrett Reagan, referee Bob Barry, and grassroots contributors Tony Lucci and Dick Gunn.

Past inductees read like a “who’s who” of hockey heroes who over the past 40 years have helped position Massachusetts as the hotbed of hockey in the United States.

Legends such as 1960 Olympic Gold Medallists Bob and Billy Cleary; “Miracle on Ice” 1980 Olympic Gold Medallists Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Jack O’Callahan and Dave Silk; NHL stars and 2002 Olympians Tony Amonte, Tom Barrasso, Bill Guerin, Tom Poti, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk, Scott Young;  1998 Women’s Olympic Gold Medallists A.J. Mleczko, Laurie Baker, Colleen Coyne, Vicki Movsessian Sandra Whyte and Katie King; 1972 Olympic Silver Medalists Robbie Ftorek, Kevin Ahearn, Stu Irving, Rich McGlynn, Tom Mellor, Tim Regan and Tim Sheehy; 2002 Paralympic Gold Medalists Joe Howard and Kip St. Germaine.

Enshrined members also include former Bruins coach and president Harry Sinden, South Boston’s John Cunniff and Fred Ahern; college coaching legends Snooks Kelley, Len Ceglarski, Jack Riley, Sid Watson, Charlie Holt and Bill Riley Jr.; Harvard’s Mark and Scott Fusco; Melrose’s Myles Lane, Randolph’s Rod Langway, Braintree’s Ralph Cox, Billerica’s Tom Fitzgerald, Bill Riley, Sr., and Bob Corkum; women’s hockey pioneers Cindy Curley, Nancy Schieffelin and Kelly Dyer; NHL referees Bill Stewart, Sr. and grandson Paul Stewart; and Massachusetts Hockey builders Ron DiFilippo, Ron DeGregorio, Duke Kumpel, Carl Gray and Mike Cheever.

Also former Bruin great Bob Carpenter, legendary Bruins broadcaster Fred Cusick, respected coach and hockey executive Bob Crocker, and Concord’s Patty Kazmaier.

Nominees of the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame are chosen on the basis of accomplishments in the game of hockey, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to his or her teams or organizations in college, amateur or professional hockey, or on international teams representing the United States. Each nominee must have distinguished himself or herself by exceptional performance and outstanding character reflecting favorably upon the game of hockey in Massachusetts, be in good public standing in the community, an appropriate role model for young hockey players and an exemplary representative of the game of hockey.

Massachusetts Hockey, Inc., is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization, which serves as the affiliate association of USA Hockey, Inc., and is the official governing body for the sport of hockey in Massachusetts. As such, its purposes and objectives are to develop, advance and encourage participation in the sport of hockey; to develop and encourage sportsmanship between all players for the betterment of their physical and social well-being; to develop and improve the standards of the sport; and to educate and train players, coaches, referees, managers, administrators and parents. For more information, visit

Tickets ($45) to the 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner are still available, and may be purchased by contacting Jim Prior at (617) 312-0144 or
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