Harvey Bennett Sr., Ken Gernander, Jim Morrison and Peter White were named to the American Hockey League Hall of Fame on Thursday.
"With their illustrious careers and outstanding achievements, these four individuals represent the best of the best in the storied history of the American Hockey League," AHL president and chief executive officer David Andrews said in a statement.
The Class of 2013 will be honored as part of the festivities at the Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, R.I. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 28 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Bennett played 13 seasons in the AHL, debuting in 1946, and was one of the league’s most successful goaltenders. He appeared in 540 regular-season games and won 260, numbers that rank fourth in AHL history. Bennett, who played 25 games for the Boston Bruins in 1944-45 and won the Calder Cup in 1949, passed away in 2004 at the age of 79. His sons Curt, Harvey Jr. and Bill also played in the NHL.
Gernander served as captain for the New York Rangers' top AHL affiliate, in Binghamton then Hartford, for 10 seasons. He finished his 14-season playing career in 2005 with the most points (624) of any American-born player in AHL history. His 973 regular-season games played rank ninth, and he retired with more Calder Cup playoff games played (123, including the 2000 championship) than anyone in league history. The current coach of the Connecticut Whale played in 12 NHL games.
Morrison was one of the top defensemen in the AHL during a career that began in 1951 and spanned 22 seasons. He was named an AHL postseason all-star six years in a row and seven times in eight seasons between 1961-62 and 1968-69, including a first-team nod in 1966 when he won the Eddie Shore Award as the league's outstanding defenseman. He played in 704 NHL games and 721 AHL games.
White, who played from 1992 through 2005, sits 14th on the AHL’s all-time scoring list with 783 points compiled over 747 career games, and is eighth all-time with 533 assists. The two-time Calder Cup winner (1993, '98) is joined by fellow Hall of Famers Bill Sweeney, Bruce Boudreau and Tim Tookey as the only players to record three 100-point seasons. White played in 220 NHL games.
Formed in 2006, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed online at AHLHallofFame.com.