Poti Inducted into Massachusetts Hockey Hall Of Fame
/ New York Rangers
Eighteen players and supporting staff with connections to USA Hockey were inducted in the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame today at the Legend's Dining Room at the FleetCenter in Boston.
Rangers defenseman Tom Poti, a Worcester, Massachusetts native, was one of the players inducted. Poti, represented the United States at the 1996 and 1997 World Junior Championship as well as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The 25-year old 63 points in 76 carer games at Boston University during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Seven of the inductees, all current members of the National Hockey League, played for the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that won the silver medal at the XIX Olympic Winter Games. They include: Poti, forward Tony Amonte (Hingham, Mass.), who won a championship with Team USA in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey; goaltender Tom Barrasso (Stow, Mass.), who first represented the United States at the 1983 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship; forward Bill Guerin (Wilbraham, Mass.), who also competed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan; forward Jeremy Roenick (Boston, Mass.), the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. National Junior Team with 25 points (13-12) in 14 games; forward Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), who also competed in the 1998 and 1992 Olympic Winter Games; and forward Scott Young (Clinton, Mass.), one of just 14 players to be selected to three U.S. National Junior Teams (1985, 1986 and 1987).
Inductees were chosen by Massachusetts Hockey, Inc., an affiliate of USA Hockey, Inc., and the official governing body for the sport of hockey in Massachusetts. Nominees 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.