Former Capital Kevin Hatcher to be Inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, VA. – Former Washington Capital Kevin Hatcher will be one of four Americans inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this year, USA Hockey announced today. Hatcher, who played 17 seasons in the NHL between Washington, Dallas, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and Carolina, will join his brother Derian Hatcher, Art Berglund, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick as the Hall’s class of 2010. The five-member class will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
Hatcher, who was drafted by Washington with the 17th overall pick in the 1984 Entry Draft, spent nine seasons with Washington and enjoyed his best years as a Capital. He recorded 149 goals and 277 assists (426 points) in 685 career games with Washington and captained the team for two seasons (1992-94). Hatcher played in three NHL All-Star Games while with the Capitals.
Hatcher ranks 11th in franchise history, third among defensemen, with 426 points and holds the club record for goals by a defenseman in a season (34 in 1992-93) and a career (149). He had 40 or more points seven times for the Capitals and at least 100 penalty minutes eight times. Hatcher recorded 48 points (16 goals, 32 assists) in 83 career playoff games.
Hatcher also excelled internationally, representing the United States at the 1984 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
Hatcher will join fellow Caps alumni Bobby Carpenter, Dave Christian, Phil Housley, Rod Langway and Craig Patrick as members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hall was founded in 1973 and includes 143 enshrined members. Inductees are chosen on the basis of extraordinary contributions to the game of hockey in the United States.