The Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame announced today they will be inducting Phil Housley in a pre-game ceremony on February 7, 2007, prior to the game against Ottawa.
Housley retired from a 21-year NHL career as the highest scoring American-born player in league history with 1,232 points (338+894). A native of St. Paul, Minn., Housley was drafted by the Sabres as the sixth overall pick in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie team after recording 66 points (19+47) in his first season.
"Phil Housley gave Sabres fans many reasons to cheer in his eight years with the organization," said Bob Swados, Chairman of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. "He left us with many great memories, and we are thrilled to make him the newest member of the Hall of Fame."
In seven seasons with Buffalo, Housley set the Sabres record for all-time points by a defenseman (558), which ranks fifth on the franchise's all-time list. He also ranks fourth all-time in assists by a Sabre (380) and set single season records for assists (60) and points (81) by a defenseman.
"I'm very excited and honored to receive this award and become part of a special group of people, including the legendary Scotty Bowman," said Housley. "Scotty and the Sabres took a chance on a kid from a Minnesota high school, and I will never forget that. I am very humbled to join such an illustrious list of people in the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame."
After leaving Buffalo following the 1989-90 season, Housley went on to play for Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago, and Toronto before retiring in 2003 as a six-time NHL All-Star. He was also a seven-time member of the U.S. National Team, winning a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Housley is currently in his third year as head coach of the Stillwater (Minn.) High School boy's hockey team, and was recently named as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team at the World Junior Championships this December in Sweden.