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Philadelphia gets U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

1996 World Cup team, former NHL forward Craig Janney, high school coach Bill Belisle to be inducted

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The 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in Philadelphia on Nov. 30, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

The inductees this year include players and staff from the United States World Cup of Hockey 1996 team, former NHL player and U.S. Olympic forward Craig Janney and coach Bill Belisle of Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island.

The Lester Patrick Trophy and Wayne Gretzky International Award recipients will also be honored as part of the ceremony. The winners of those awards will be named at a later date.

"We're excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia," said USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean. "It's one of our nation's very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year, and we're grateful for the advance support we've received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate."

The World Cup of Hockey 1996 team helped raise the bar for a new generation of U.S.-born hockey players after it won the country's first world hockey title since the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. There are 16 players from the team who already have been inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as individuals. Additionally, associate coach John Cunniff and general manager Lou Lamoriello have been enshrined.

Janney, selected in the first round (No. 13) of the 1986 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, had 751 points (188 goals, 563 assists) in 760 regular-season games over 12 NHL seasons. He spent five seasons with the Bruins and also played for the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders.

Born in Hartford, Conn., Janney represented the bronze medal-winning United States at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also played for the U.S. in the 1987 and 1994 World Championships, the 1988 Calgary Olympics, and the 1991 Canada Cup.

Belisle is the most successful high school hockey coach in the country with 32 state titles, including a record 26 in a row, from 1978-2003, over 41 seasons. A 1948 graduate of Mount St. Charles, Belisle has coached 20 players who have been drafted by NHL teams, including goaltender Brian Boucher, defenseman Mathieu Schneider, forward Brian Lawton and Islanders general manager Garth Snow.

Inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Mount St. Charles Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014, Belisle is 990-183-37 at Mount St. Charles.

Ticket information, venue and starting time of the ceremony will be released in September.

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