DALLAS – Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano, and Eddie Olczyk were formally enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this evening during a sold-out ceremony held on top of the ice surface at the Plaza of the Americas.
Additionally, Canadian national Murray Costello was given USA Hockey’s Wayne Gretzky International Award and the National Hockey League’s Lester Patrick Trophy was presented to both Dick Patrick and Bob Chase/Wallenstein.
Quotes from the ceremony:
“I would like to accept this recognition on behalf of all the staff members that that I’ve been associated with; all of the office people behind the scenes who never get credit and make this game so great along with the great coaches and players.” –Lou Lamoriello, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012
“Out of all of the accomplishments, I think the thing that I'm most proud of is being part of a group that (established) hockey in Texas.” –Mike Modano, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012
“This is not about me, it's about my family, my friends, my teammates and all the people who helped me along the way.” –Eddie Olczyk, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Quotes from hockey dignitaries in attendance:
“This is a very special evening in a city and state that is a shining example of the growth of hockey in the U.S. over the last several decades.” –Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey
“Murray Costello pushed coaching education, training, and manuals in the United States and helped us improve our coaching program. He also helped changed the face of this sport when he, along with Walter Bush, pushed the start of women’s hockey with the first IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1990.” –Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey
"It's a national shrine to American hockey, where we get to celebrate our great accomplishments every day." – Doug Palazzari, executive director of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum
"The volunteers deserve the credit for the growth of hockey in the U.S. Without them we are not where we are today." –Dick Patrick, Lester Patrick Trophy winner
“I owe so much to so many, and all to hockey,” –Bob Chase/Wallenstein, Lester Patrick Trophy winner
NOTES: With the Class of 2012, there are now 156 enshrined members in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... ESPN’s Steve Levy was the Master of Ceremonies of the event for the third consecutive year … To read about each member of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012, click here ... To read about Costello’s contributions to USA Hockey, click here ... To read about Patrick and Chase-Wallenstein’s service to the sport in the U.S. click here ... 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), Boston (2009), Buffalo (2010), and Chicago (2011) …The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1973. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, visit the Hall's official web site at http://www.ushockeyhall.com …The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation and admission prices, click here or call 800-443-7825.