US Hockey Hall of Fame Class Includes Jeremy Roenick, Hatcher Brothers
The United States Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Eveleth, Minn., on the Iron Range about an hour or so northwest of Duluth, and includes some of the biggest names and moments in the sport's American history.
Thursday, the U.S. hall announced its Class of 2010. It includes a rare pair of brothers going in at the same time, along with one of the greatest American-born hockey players in history.
Heading the group for enshrinement is Jeremy Roenick, who played 20 years in the NHL. He was drafted by Chicago, and also played for Phoenix, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Jose over his career. Roenick tallied 513 goals and 1,216 points in 1,363 NHL games. He was a star for the Blackhawks, registering over 100 points in three straight years and helping Chicago to the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost in four straight to defending champion Pittsburgh.
Roenick was a star for U.S. international teams, playing in two World Junior Championships, a Canada Cup, and two Olympics. He never won a Stanley Cup, but was still one of the league's most visible players for most of his career. He has since transitioned into some television. He was seen as part of NBC's coverage of both the Olympics and Stanley Cup Playoffs, and made headlines for getting quite emotional during postgame coverage of Game 6, when his original NHL team won their first Stanley Cup since the 1960s by beating another of his former teams.
Also in the Class of 2010 are the Hatcher brothers, Derian and Kevin. Kevin spent 17 years in the NHL, including a 34-goal season in 1992-93. After spending nearly a decade in Washington, Kevin Hatcher played for Dallas, Pittsburgh, the Rangers, and Carolina before retiring. He was also a decorated international player, with stints in the World Juniors, Canada Cup, World Cup of Hockey, and the Olympics for Team USA. Younger brother Derian played 16 years in the NHL, first for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, and then for Detroit and eventually Philadelphia. Derian Hatcher also played internationally, suiting up for his country in the World Cup of Hockey and Olympics in the 1990s. The 1999 Dallas Stars were the first team to win a Stanley Cup with an American-born captain, and it was Derian Hatcher.
Two longtime contributors to hockey round out the class. Art Berglund spent five decades in international hockey, including spending time helping 30 U.S. teams in different tournaments around the world. Berglund also worked as a director of national teams for USA Hockey. He also spent time as an NHL scout and as manager of the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. The final inductee is Dr. V. George Nagobads. He was the team physician for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team for 34 years. He also worked as a physician for five U.S. Olympic teams, 15 national teams, six U.S. Junior National teams, two Canada Cup teams, and much more. He spent over a decade serving as the Minnesota North Stars team physician, too.
The induction ceremony will be Oct. 21 in Buffalo, N.Y.