A distinguished Sabres defenseman will be adding another honor to his lengthy resume. Phil Housley
will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, October 17, 2007.
Housley joins such notable names as Christian Laettner, Tony Masiello, Bill Polian and Darryl Talley in the 2007 class of inductees, the halls 17th class. Tickets for the event are $85 per person or $750 per table of 10. The event includes a cash bar cocktail reception, dinner and a silent auction.
Fittingly, the ceremony will be held in HSBC Arena, the location where Housley was enshrined into the Sabres Hall of Fame on Wednesday, February 7, 2007.
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.
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.
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 fourth year as head coach of the Stillwater (Minn.) High School boy's hockey team, and recently served as an assistant coach for Team USA's bronze medal win at the World Junior Championships in Sweden.
Incorporated as a non-profit organization, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame group began meeting regularly in 1991.
After the induction of the Class of 2007, the total membership in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame has reached 192. This community's sports hall of fame is one of our nation's most unique since its scope is all encompassing. Honorees live, have lived and worked in Western New York.
The public is welcome to visit the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame's exhibit, which opened to the public October 7, 1999. It is free and located on the lower level of the HSBC Arena atrium in downtown Buffalo. Memorabilia, information, interactive computer kiosks and video presentations are displayed in honor of these great men and women. Visit the online at www.buffalosportshallfame.com