COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced today (June 19) at 11:30 a.m. ET via news release and at USHockeyHallofFame.com, USA Hockey announced today.
The Class of 2017 will be the 45th installed to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, which was incorporated in 1969 and inducted its first class in 1973. To date, there are 172 enshrined members in the Hall.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minnesota, is open daily. For more information, call 800-443-7825.
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.