GRAND FORKS, N.D. - John Vanbiesbrouck, who owns the NHL record for wins by an American-born goalie, entered the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday night.
"One statistic you don't know is that I had almost an equal number of losses," the former Rangers star said. "That meant for a lot of cold, dark rides in New York City. It's in those times that you grow, gain courage and ask the deepest questions."
Vanbiesbrouck retired in 2002 with a 374-346-119 record. He won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie in 1986.
He was inducted along with late Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes and former NHL standouts Aaron Broten and Bobby Carpenter.
MacInnes, who died in 1983, left Michigan Tech with the most coaching wins in U.S. college history with a record of 555-295-39. He won three national titles and was national coach of the year twice.
"His achievements are a matter of record, but behind the records was a great passion for hockey and the people behind it," said his widow, Jerry. "He's was known as a father figure."
Carpenter was the first player to go directly from a U.S. high school to the NHL. He later became the first American to score 50 goals in a season, doing it in the 1984-85 season for the Washington Capitals. He had an 18-year NHL career as a player, ranking third among American-developed players in games played.
Broten played 12 years in the NHL after setting a University of Minnesota record for points in a season with 106.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is in Eveleth, Minn. On Saturday night, North Dakota will face Michigan State in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game.