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Gary Thorne To Serve as Master of Ceremonies of 2021 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration in Denver on Dec. 9

By USA Hockey, 11/04/21, 9:55AM MDT


Event Will Include Formal Enshrinement of Class of 2020 and 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Gary Thorne, one of the most iconic play-by-play voices in hockey, will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2021 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration it was announced today.

The 2021 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is set for Dec. 9 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. One of the most anticipated dates on the calendar each year, the Induction Celebration will feature the formal enshrinement of both the Class of 2020, which includes Dean BlaisTony GranatoJenny Potter and Jerry York and the Class of 2021, featuring Stan FischlerPaul Holmgren and Peter McNab. In addition, Lester Patrick Trophy recipients Lynn Olson (2020) and Jack Barzee (2021) will be honored.

Tickets can be obtained for the Induction Celebration here.


A native of Old Town, Maine, Thorne was the lead play-by-play voice for the NHL on ESPN/ABC from 1992-2004, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and called the Olympic men’s hockey tournament for NBC in 2002. He started his hockey play-by-play work for the University of Maine from 1977-86 and was the TV play-by-play voice for the New Jersey Devils from 1985-93. He has also called games in the iconic Minnesota State High School League boys hockey tournament and in the IIHF World Junior Championship.

The versatile Thorne was also the lead play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-20 and has called college football and basketball over an illustrious 55-year career.

Gary Thorne posing for a headshot.

2021 Event

Class of 2021