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Former Stars Defensemen Named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Frisco, Tex. -- USA Hockey announced today that former Dallas Stars defensemen and brothers Derian and Kevin Hatcher will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Thurs., Oct. 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.


Kevin Hatcher with the Stars in Jan. 1995
Only once previously have brothers been inducted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in the same year. It happened in 2002 when Scott and Mark Fusco were enshrined

Along with the Hatcher brothers, the 2010 US Hockey Hall of Fame class will include coach and executive Art Berglund, center Jeremy Roenick, and long-time physician for USA Hockey Dr. V. George Nagobads.

Derian Hatcher was drafted eighth overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 16 seasons in the NHL, including 12 with the Stars (827 games, 71 goals, 223 assists, 1,380 penalty minutes). He served as captain of the Dallas Stars from 1995-2003. Derian appeared in 1,045 career NHL games and amassed 331 points (80 goals, 251 assists). While his career was mainly spent with the Stars organization, first in Minnesota, then in Dallas, he also suited up for both Detroit and Philadelphia. After successfully breaking into the NHL during the 1991-92 season, Derian enjoyed some of his best seasons in the latter part of the decade. In 1996, he was part of the U.S. team that captured the World Cup of Hockey; in 1997, he was selected to the NHL All-Star Team; in 1998, he was chosen as a member of the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team; and in 1999, he became the first American-born captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team with Dallas.

Kevin Hatcher, the older brother of Derian, spent 17 seasons as a defenseman in the NHL after being drafted 17th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons with the Dallas Stars (1994-96), and was traded to Pittsburgh in the summer of 1996. Kevin appeared in 1,157 NHL games, which included nine seasons in Washington, followed by stints in Dallas, Pittsburgh, New York (Rangers) and Carolina. A five-time NHL All-Star (1990-92, 1996-97), Kevin totaled 677 points (227 goals, 450 assists), tallying a career-high 79 points (34-45) during the 1992-93 season and becoming just the seventh defenseman in league history to score 30 goals in a single season. Kevin Hatcher also excelled internationally, representing the United States at the 1984 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

"These five individuals truly represent the very best of our sport in many different facets and their contributions have been truly extraordinary," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "We look forward to their formal induction in Buffalo this October."

Other Dallas Stars who have been enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame include Neal Broten (2000) and Brett Hull (2008).

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1973. To date, there are 143 enshrined members in the Hall. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, visit the Hall's official web site at USHockeyHallofFame.com. The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation and admission prices, visit USHockeyHallMuseum.com or call 800-443-7825.









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