BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2010 -- Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher,Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick -- was formally enshrined here tonight at an induction ceremony and dinner held at HSBC Arena, home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. Nearly 400 people were on hand for the night's sold-out celebration.
"We have a sensational class joining the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame tonight," saidDave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "I'd particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres for hosting this great celebration."
"I want to thank the selection committee that nominated and selected me for the Hall of Fame. I cherish this evening," said Berglund. "I also want to give a special thanks to USA Hockey and to all of the directors and members of the executive committee who are here tonight."
"It is a great night for myself, for my family and for everyone here," said Derian Hatcher. "I'd like to thank the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and all of USA Hockey for making tonight possible. I'm truly honored. This is quite an achievement and I'm very humbled."
"This is truly an honor for me and my family to all be here on such a special night," said Kevin Hatcher. "I'd like to thank the selection committee and the other inductees. To be associated with them, it's truly an honor. USA Hockey has been such a tremendous experience for me."
"I just don't have enough colorful words to express my happiness and the honor I feel," said Nagobads. "I would like to give thanks to the USA Hockey administration, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame committee that gave me the opportunity to join this very highly distinguished group, and to my family who has been so supportive of me."
"It's real special to be here and I'm extremely humbled," said Roenick. "To go into this prestigious Hall of Fame, with the people that have come before me, is really special. I would like to thank USA Hockey, not only for this award, but for what it has done for me. There's no way myself, Derian, Kevin, Tony [Amonte] would be here if it weren't for USA Hockey and the development it's put into place."
NOTES: With the Class of 2010, there are now 148 enshrined members in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... Steve Levy, longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor and hockey broadcaster, served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies ... The night's festivities also included a special tribute to the silver medal-winning 1972 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team ... Tonight marks the first time the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner has been staged in Buffalo, and the first time the event has taken place at the arena of an NHL team ... The ceremony will be aired on the NHL Network at a later date ... The 2010 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner was sponsored by Rich Products Corporation, a pioneer in the frozen food industry and leading supplier in the foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, which houses its headquarters in Buffalo ... Since USA Hockey assumed responsibility for the event in 2007, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner has been held in Grand Forks, N.D. (2007), Denver (2008) and Boston (2009) ... Dr. V. George Nagobads was part of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that was enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 ... 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 ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1973. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, including coverage from tonight's ceremony, 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.
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Born: September 4, 1940
Art Berglund’s career in international ice hockey spans five decades, during which time he managed or served on the administrative staff of more than 30 U.S. teams.
Berglund’s start in international ice hockey came soon after his graduation from Colorado College in 1963, where he was the leading scorer for the Tigers during his senior season. After playing professional hockey in Switzerland and Austria, Berglund was hired by the legendary William Thayer Tutt to work at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He went on to manage the facility for 13 years and, during that time, managed three U.S. Men’s National Teams (1973-75), including the 1973 squad that captured the silver medal and the 1974 squad that won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship B Pool title.
After accepting his first Olympic assignment as general manager of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, Berglund went on to serve as general manager for eight U.S. National Junior Teams that competed in the IIHF World Junior Championship between 1977 and 1992 (1977, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992), including the 1986 team that won the bronze medal.
Berglund served as the general manager for five more U.S. Men’s National Teams from 1985 to 1990. He was also the assistant general manager for the 1983 U.S. Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in Pool B, and for the 1981 and 1991 U.S. squads that competed at the Canada Cup.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Berglund served as an NHL scout for the St. Louis Blues and as director of player recruitment for the Colorado Rockies. Then, in 1984, he joined USA Hockey’s national office staff full time as its director of national teams and international activities. After 11 years, Berglund was named senior director of international administration in 1996.
Berglund chaired the 1984 U.S. Olympic Player Selection Committee and managed his second U.S. Olympic Men’s Team in 1988. He was also director of player personnel for three U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Teams (1992, 1994, 2002), including the silver medal-winning squad at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1992, the NHL awarded Berglund its prestigious Lester Patrick Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport of hockey in the United States. Eight years later, the American Hockey Coaches Association named Berglund the recipient of the Jim Fullerton Award, which annually recognizes an individual who demonstrates a love for the purity of the sport. In 2005, USA Hockey presented him with its Builders Award for his lasting contributions to the long-term growth and success of USA Hockey.
Berglund was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and both the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2008.
He retired from USA Hockey on June 30, 2005, but continues today as a consultant for the organization.
Berglund and his wife Char reside in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has two step-daughters, Jossie Stern and Cathy Jacobi.
NHL: Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars (1991-2003), Detroit Red Wings (2003-04), Philadelphia Flyers (2005-08)
Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.
Born: June 4, 1972
The first American-born team captain in the National Hockey League to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, Derian Hatcher was one of the game’s great defensive forces.
A native of Sterling Heights, Mich., Hatcher developed his hockey skills playing for the Detroit area’s Compuware Youth Hockey Program from 1986-89.
Selected eighth overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, Hatcher went on to play 16 seasons in the league. His first NHL action came in the 1991-92 season, when he appeared in 43 games for the North Stars and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year.
After the franchise’s move to Dallas in the summer of 1993, Hatcher racked up career-highs in both penalty minutes (211) and points (31) during the 1993-94 season and was named the Stars’ top defenseman. From 1994-96, his older brother, Kevin, joined him on the blueline in Dallas, and in 1997, he was named to his first NHL All-Star Team. Hatcher then led the Stars to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 1999 to become the first American-born captain of a Stanley Cup winning team.
Hatcher made the NHL’s All-Star Second Team in 2003 before departing Dallas to play the 2003-04 season with the Detroit Red Wings. He spent the final years of his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers (2005-08), serving as team captain for the end of the 2005-06 season.
During the course of his NHL career, Hatcher recorded 30 or more points in five seasons (1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2002-03). In total, he compiled 80 goals, 251 assists and a plus-83 rating in 1,045 games.
Hatcher’s defensive presence was not only recognized in the NHL, but on the international stage as well. He helped the United States to one its brightest moments as part of the gold medal-winning 1996 World Cup of Hockey Team. Hatcher recorded five points (2-3) in six games in the tournament. Additionally, he was a member of two U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Teams (1998, 2006) and two U.S. Men’s National Teams (1993, 2002).
Hatcher and his wife Heather are the parents of sons Chase and Kelton and daughters Shallyn, Hallie and Finley.
NHL: Washington Capitals (1984-94), Dallas Stars (1994-96), Pittsburgh Penguins, (1996-99) New York Rangers (1999-2000), Carolina Hurricanes (2000-01)
Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.
Born: September 9, 1966
A 17-year National Hockey League veteran and frequent representative of the United States on the international stage, Kevin Hatcher became a symbol for consistency on the blue line throughout his career.
A native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Hatcher honed his hockey skills as a youngster playing for the Detroit area’s Compuware Youth Hockey Program from 1980-83.
The Washington Capitals made Hatcher their first pick (17th overall) at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played in three games for the organization in the 1984-85 season, scoring his first career NHL goal and appearing in his first NHL playoff game.
The defenseman went on to play 10 seasons with the organization (1984-94), including making appearances in three consecutive NHL All-Star Games during that time (1990-92). In the 1989-90 season, Hatcher was the only Washington defenseman to appear in all 80 games in the 1989-90 campaign and missed only one game the following season, while leading the team with 74 points (24-50).
During the 1992-93 season, Hatcher scored a career-high 34 goals and became only the seventh defenseman in league history to score 30 goals in a single season. The blueliner also logged a career-high 79 points to lead all league defensemen in scoring.
Hatcher was traded to the Dallas Stars in 1994, where he joined his brother, Derian, for two seasons (1994-96) and was named to his fourth NHL All-Star Team (1996). After leading all Stars defensemen in scoring both seasons, Hatcher moved to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he once again made the NHL All-Star Game in 1997.
Following a three-year stint with the Penguins (1996-99), Hatcher closed out his professional playing days with the New York Rangers (1999-00) and Carolina Hurricanes (2000-01). During the course of his NHL career, he skated in 1,157 games, scoring 227 goals and collecting 450 assists.
In addition to his career in the NHL, Hatcher represented the United States internationally at many levels. Perhaps most notably, he helped the U.S. to the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, one of the brightest moments on the international stage in U.S. hockey history. He was also a member of the 1984 U.S. National Junior Team, and was a part of U.S. squads that competed at the Canada Cup in 1987 and 1991 (runner-up). Hatcher was also selected to the 1998 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
Hatcher and his wife Mary Ann are the parents of son Cole and daughter Hannah.
Hometown: Edina, Minn.
Born: November 18, 1921
One would be hard pressed to name any individual who has been a member of more U.S. international hockey teams than Dr. V. George Nagobads. While he was born in Riga, Latvia, and spent the first quarter century of his life in Europe, he became one of the greatest influencers of American hockey of his time.
Growing up in Latvia and learning to play ice hockey at the age of 10, Nagobads always had a love for the sport. After receiving his medical degree from Black Forest University in Germany, Nagobads moved to the United States in 1952 to begin his surgical residency in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota’s Medical Center.
There, he developed a rapport with the University of Minnesota’s men’s ice hockey players and their head coach, Herb Brooks. He would eventually serve as a team physician for the Gophers for 34 years, beginning in 1958 and lasting until his retirement in 1992.
During his tenure in Minnesota, Nagobads was a part of three NCAA Division I national championship teams. For his service, the men’s ice hockey team honored him in 1978 with the creation of the annual Dr. V. George Nagobads Unsung Hero Award.
Simultaneous to his duties with the Gophers, Nagobads was the team physician for the World Hockey Association’s Minnesota Fighting Saints from 1973-76 and the National Hockey League’s Minnesota North Stars from 1984-92.
His largest contributions to hockey in the United States may have come on the international stage, however. Nagobads was named the team physician for five U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Teams (1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988), including the “Miracle on Ice” squad that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., and the silver medal-winning 1972 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed in Sapporo, Japan.
Nagobads served as the team physician for 15 U.S. Men’s National Teams during the course of 23 years (1967, 1970-71, 1973-75, 1977, 1979, 1981-82, 1985-87, 1989-90), including the 1970 and 1974 U.S. Men’s National Teams that won the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championship in Pool B and the silver medal-winning 1973 team. He also served as team physician for the first-ever U.S. Women’s National Team that won the silver medal at the 1990 IIHF World Women’s Championship.
In addition, Nagobads was the team physician for five U.S. National Junior Teams (1974, 1985-87, 1989), including the squad that earned the bronze medal at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship; the 1988 U.S. Under-17 Select Team; the 1989 Spengler Cup Team; and the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup squads.
In 1984, Nagobads became USA Hockey’s chief medical officer, a title he held until 1992. He was also appointed to USA Hockey’s Safety and Protective Equipment Committee in 1984, and was named to the IIHF’s Medical Committee in 1990.
In 2003, Nagobads received the Paul Loicq Award from the IIHF for serving international hockey in an extraordinary manner and promoting ice hockey worldwide. He was also honored by USA Hockey with both its Distinguished Achievement Award and Excellence in Safety Award in 2005.
Nagobads and his late wife Velda have two grown daughters, Silvia and Brigita.
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks (1988-96), Phoenix Coyotes (1996-2001, 2006-07), Philadelphia Flyers (2001-04), Los Angeles Kings (2005-06), San Jose Sharks (2007-09)
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Born: January 17, 1970
A nine-time NHL All-Star and two-time U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team member, Jeremy Roenick was one of hockey’s top American-born players on both the professional and international stage.
A native of Boston, Roenick spent two seasons (1986-88) at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., leading the team to two high school state championships. He represented the United States as a member of the 1988 U.S. National Junior Team, before being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks eighth overall out of high school in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
The following year, Roenick again competed on the international stage, as a member of the 1989 U.S National Junior Team, before jumping directly into the Chicago Blackhawks lineup after having just turned 19.
Roenick made his first of nine NHL All-Star Game appearances in 1991. At the conclusion of the season, he played in his first and only International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship as part of the 1991 U.S. Men’s National Team. Roenick would also compete for Team USA at the 1991 Canada Cup.
Shortly thereafter, he put up more than 100 points for three straight seasons (1991-94). In 1992, Roenick helped Chicago reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1973, and recorded 18 points in 20 playoff games. He then led the Blackhawks with 107 points in both the 1992-93 (50-57) and 1993-94 (46-61) seasons.
After eight years with Chicago, Roenick played five seasons (1996-2001) with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he became the only player in league history to lead his team in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes in two different seasons (1999-00, 2000-01).
Roenick reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his first 12 NHL seasons and went on to appear in 154 playoff games, posting 122 points (53-69). Six times in his career he played in a game seven of a Stanley Cup Playoff series and his six goals in those game sevens represent the second-most in NHL history.
He was named to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and earned a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Altogether, Roenick recorded 23 goals and 25 assists while wearing a Team USA sweater in international competition.
Roenick spent the final seven years of his playing days with the Philadelphia Flyers (2001-2004), the Los Angeles Kings (2005-06), the Coyotes (2006-07) and the San Jose Sharks (2007-09), and finished his career as the second highest American-born goal scorer in NHL history. In total, Roenick, or JR as many call him, amassed 513 goals and 703 assists in 1,363 games.
Roenick and his wife Tracy are the parents of son Brett and daughter Brandi.