Hockey Hall of Fame Announces Legends Classic Tour 2006 Featuring Canada Versus the World
Captain Cassie Campbell of Gold Medal-Winning Canadian Women's Hockey Team joins tour as Hall of Fame pays tribute to its newest inductees
Two of Hockeys greatest stars (Honoured Member Dale Hawerchuk and Olympic Gold Medalist Cassie Campbell) were on hand to launch the 2006 Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic Tour.
TORONTO (September 20, 2006) Ron Ellis, Director, Public Relations of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC TOUR will go across Canada November 12 - 19, 2006. This year's celebrations will honour hockey's newest legends, the 2006 Inductees: Dick Duff and Patrick Roy in the Player Category and the late Herb Brooks and Harley Hotchkiss in the Builder Category.
Ellis was joined at today's media conference by Olympic Gold Medallist Cassie Campbell and Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Member, Dale Hawerchuk (Inducted in 2001), both of whom will be participating in the tour. This year's HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC TOUR will feature Team Canada Legends versus Team World Legends and will make stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. The HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC GAME in Toronto will begin at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at Air Canada Centre (see below for further details and ticket information) and coincides with the 2006 Induction Weekend/Celebration. For the first time, this year's roster will include Women's Hockey Olympians, Hayley Wickenheiser and Cassie Campbell playing for Team Canada Legends and Angela Ruggiero playing for Team World Legends.
"It's great to have my former teammate Hayley Wickenheiser and from the US Women's National Team, Angela Ruggiero on tour playing alongside an incredible roster of hockey legends and Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Members," said Cassie Campbell, who just retired as Captain of the Canadian Women's National Hockey Team, "This cross country tour brings great players and Hall of Famers from Canada, the United States and Europe who have experienced some incredible match-ups in the NHL and on the world stage in the last 25 years. At the same time we're able to honour the 2006 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees."
One of the highlights of the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC GAME in Toronto will be the presentation of the Hugo Boss Official Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Blazer to each of the 2006 Inductees. A tribute to the Inductees will take place in each city of the tour. "This format has become a tradition which gives hockey fans an opportunity to share the Induction experience prior to the more formal proceedings on Monday evening," said Ellis.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2006 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC TOUR will be shared by the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization ("CSRO"). In addition to in-arena and on-line auctions featuring autographed game-worn "Legends Classic" jerseys, CSRO, under its "Shoot For A Cure" fundraising initiative, will sell souvenir programs and wristbands at all the games.
TSN will broadcast live coverage of the Induction Ceremony beginning at 7:00 PM (EST) on Monday, November 13th, 2006. A one-hour highlight package of Team Canada Legends versus Team World Legends will be aired November 25th on TSN.
TORONTO (June 28, 2006) Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that Terrance 'Dick' Duff and Patrick Roy have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, former coach Herbert Brooks and NHL Chairman of the Board, Harley Hotchkiss were elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four outstanding individuals as Honoured Members," said Jim Gregory. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."
Inductee Dick Duff
Born 70 years ago in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Dick Duff was recruited as a teenager to play at Toronto's prestigious St. Michael's College. From St. Mike's, he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs full-time in 1955-56 as a left winger at the age of 19. Dick played eight seasons with the Maple Leafs and was a member of Stanley Cup winning teams in 1962 and 1963. After a brief stop in New York, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in December 1964 and was part of four more Cup-winning teams in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. He concluded his career with the Buffalo Sabres in 1972 after playing in over 1,000 NHL games and five 20-goal scoring regular seasons.
"I'm very happy to be selected, and it is extra special for me given that today is my mother's birthday if she were still alive she would have been 101," said Duff. "I'm happy for all of the guys that played in and around Kirkland Lake and appreciate my teammates in the NHL who taught me how to win at the highest level of the game."
Inductee Patrick Roy
Born on October 5th, 1965 in Quebec City, Patrick Roy's accomplishments are well chronicled. A third-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1984 Entry Draft, he joined the Canadiens full-time in 1985-86, and that season was named to the NHL's All Rookie team. He went on to win two Stanley Cup Championships in his 11 seasons in Montreal before being traded to Colorado in December 1995. In Colorado, Patrick continued his winning ways, earning two more Stanley Cup Championships before retiring in 2003. A three-time Conn Smythe and Vezina trophy winner, he is the only goalie in NHL history to win over 200 regular season games with two different teams.
"I'm very fortunate to receive this honour," said Roy. "It brings you back to thinking about your career and the great teammates and tremendous support I have received from my family over the years."
In the Builder Category, Herbert Brooks and Harley Hotchkiss were elected.
Inductee Herb Brooks
Herb Brooks' playing career included four seasons with the University of Minnesota Gophers between 1955-59. He was a member of the U.S. National Team during two Olympic Games and during five World Championships, but is best known for his contributions as a coach. Herb coached at his alma mater and then went on to spear head the Miracle on Ice as coach of the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 1980 Winter Olympics. He was head coach of the New York Rangers from 1981 - 1985 and continued his NHL coaching career with the Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Herb Brooks died tragically in a single car accident on August 11, 2003 in Forest Lake, Minnesota.
"I was not anticipating this honour," said his wife, Patti Brooks. "Our family has been overwhelmed with the recognition that Herb has received and we are very proud of his accomplishments. I can't wait to tell my kids."
Inductee Harley Hotchkiss
Harley Hotchkiss was born in tobacco country in Tillsonburg, Ontario and joined the Michigan State Spartans in 1950. In 1980, he was part of the group that brought the Flames to Calgary from Atlanta. The Flames prospered in Calgary and he was instrumental in bringing the 1988 Winter Olympics to that city. Hotchkiss has served as the Chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors for the past 10 years.
"As a farm boy growing up in Southern Ontario with hockey as a key part of my life, this is truly a very special honour," said Hotchkiss. "I have certainly enjoyed the 26 years that I have been part of the NHL and am very humbled to be selected."
The 2006 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 13th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
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Terrance Richard 'Dick' Duff
born February 18, 1936 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
left winger, shot left, 5'9", 165 pounds
after starring in his hometown, Duff was recruited to play hockey at St. Michael's College in Toronto
in 1952-3, was moved from the Junior B Buzzers to the Junior A Majors and that spring as a 17-year old, collected 15 points in 16 playoff games
in 1953-54, scored 35 goals and 75 points in 59 games for St. Mike's
averaged more than a point a game in 1954-55 for the Majors, collecting 53 points in 47 games and earning a three-game try-out with the Maple Leafs
joined Toronto full-time in 1955-56 at the age of 19, playing left wing
in eight seasons as a Maple Leaf, Dick hit the twenty-goal mark on three occasions, including a career-best 29 goals in 1958-59
was a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Maple Leafs in 1962 and 1963
traded to the New York Rangers late in the 1963-64, thwarting the opportunity to be part of a third consecutive championship in Toronto
traded from the Rangers to the Montreal Canadiens in December 1964 and was part of his third Stanley Cup championship in the spring of 1965
as a member of the Canadiens, added two more twenty-goal seasons and won the Stanley Cup championship four times (1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969) to bring his career total to six
traded to Los Angeles Kings in January 1970
traded by Kings to Buffalo Sabres in November 1970, and finished his NHL career during the 1971-72 season
NHL totals include 1,030 regular season games, scoring 283 goals and 289 assists for 572 points
in NHL playoff action, Duff scored 30 goals and 49 assists for 79 points in 114 games
played in seven All-Star Games (1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1967) through his NHL career
joined the Toronto Maple Leaf organization as a scout, and as one of three coaches used by the Leafs during the 1979-80 season
Patrick Jacques Roy
born October 5, 1965 in Quebec City, Quebec
goaltender, caught left, 6', 190 pounds
played minor hockey in Quebec City
played junior with Granby Bisons of the QMJHL from 1982-83 to 1984-85
selected in 3rd round, 51st overall by Montreal in 1984 NHL Entry Draft
made professional debut in 1984-85 with 1 game with NHL Montreal Canadiens & 1 game with AHL Sherbrooke Canadiens
joined Montreal full-time in 1985-86 & was selected for NHL All Rookie Team
spent part of 11 seasons with Montreal Canadiens
traded to Colorado in December 1995
only goalie in NHL history to win 200+ games with 2 different clubs
member of 4 Stanley Cup Championships -- 2 with Montreal, 2 with Colorado
won Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1986, 1993 & 2001
won Vezina Trophy three times -- 1989, 1990 & 1992
won or shared Jennings Trophy 5 times - 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2002
selected to 1st or 2nd NHL All-Star Team 6 times & played in 11 All Star games
1st NHL goalie to play in 1,000 games
won 551 games with 2.53 goals against average in 1,029 regular season games
holds goaltender playoff records for games, minutes, wins, losses & goals against
played for Canada during 1998 Winter Olympics
announced his retirement on May 28, 2003
Herbert Paul 'Herb' Brooks
born August 5, 1937 in St. Paul, Minnesota
died in single car accident August 11, 2003 in Forest Lake, Minnesota
played for University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1955 to 1959
member of U.S. National Team during two Olympic Games
member of U.S. National Team during five World Championships
captured bronze medal at 1962 'A' Pool World Championship
first coach of the Minnesota Junior Stars in new Minnesota/Ontario Junior 'A' League
head coach of Golden Gophers for seven seasons, 1972 to 1979
captured two consecutive WCHA Championships (1974, 1975)
won three NCAA Division I National Championships (1974, 1976, 1979)
finished with a record of 175 wins, 10l losses and 20 ties for a .636 winning percentage
8-1 record in NCAA Tournament play is best all-time winning percentage
named WCHA Coach of the Year in 1973-74
coached Team USA at 1979 World Championship
general manager/head coach of gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team at 1980 Winter Olympics
coached France at 1998 Olympics
coached Team USA to silver medal at 2002 Olympics
after 1980 Olympics, coached Davos of Swiss League for one year
head coach of New York Rangers from 1981-85
reached 100-win plateau faster than any prior Rangers coach
coached 1985-86 at St. Cloud State University in NCAA Division III
head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88; first Minnesota native to coach the team
became head coach of AHL's Utica Devils in 1991-92
joined New Jersey Devils as head coach in 1992-93
head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1999-00 season
after one season, named Penguins' Director of Player Development
regular season NHL coaching record of 219 wins, 221 losses and 66 ties
NHL playoff coaching record of 19 wins and 21 losses
named NHL Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in 1981-82
inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990
inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame in 1999
awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1980 (member of USA Olympic Team) and 2002 (individual achievements)
Harley Norman Hotchkiss
born and raised in Tillsonburg, Ontario
member of the 1950 Michigan State University hockey team
received Distinguished Hockey Alumnus award in 1992
in 1980, was part of the group that brought the Flames to Calgary
was instrumental in getting the Pengrowth Saddledome built for NHL's Flames and also home to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games
part of group that created "International Hockey Centre of Excellence" for Hockey Canada, offering grassroots support at coaching, officiating and playing levels as well as establishing athletic scholarships for Canadian universities
co-organizer of "Flames Project 75", a non-profit group established to assist in sport across Canada
personally contributed to the building of various rinks across Alberta
captured Stanley Cup in 1989 as co-owner of Calgary Flames
Flames won Clarence Campbell Bowl twice as Western Division Champion under his ownership
served over 10 years as Chairman of NHL Board of Governors
Board Member for Hockey Hall of Fame since 1999
appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997
member of Alberta Order of Excellence in 1988
Hockey Hall of Fame Announces
2006 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and
Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipients
Hockey Journalist Scott Morrison and 'voice of the Calgary Flames'
Peter Maher honoured with awards
Peter Maher (Fan 960)
TORONTO (May 25, 2006) Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that long time radio voice of the Calgary Flames Peter Maher will receive the 2006 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding work as an NHL broadcaster and that Scott Morrison, Managing Editor of Hockey at Rogers Sportsnet, will receive the 2006 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for a career of distinguished hockey writing.
Peter Maher has been the voice of the Flames since the franchise moved to Calgary from Atlanta in 1980. A native of Cambellton, New Brunswick, Maher's success as a hockey play-by-play voice led to his induction into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Maher has also called World Junior games, six NHL all-star games, the Stanley Cup Finals in 1980, '86 and '90.
"Peter has been synonymous with the Calgary Flames since their arrival from Atlanta in 1980," said Chuck Kaiton, President, National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association. "He distinguishes himself as a true professional in all of his endeavours."
After more than 11 years as a hockey writer and columnist at the Toronto Sun, Scott Morrison became Sports Editor at the paper in 1991. Morrison continued to write hockey columns and under Morrison's guidance the section was named one of North America's top-ten sports sections (1999) and a runner-up (2000). Morrison, who served two terms as President of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, has also authored several books on hockey. In 2001 the Toronto native joined Rogers Sportsnet as Managing Editor Hockey. Through this forum he continues to be an industry leader in both developing and breaking hockey news stories.
Scott Morrison (Sportsnet)
"Scott Morrison has blended class, through reporting and a sense of humor to become one of hockey's most admired journalists," said Kevin Allen, President, Professional Hockey Writers' Association. "As a past president of our association, he championed the cause of improved journalistic access. His colleagues are all extremely grateful for his contributions to our profession."
Maher and Morrison will receive the awards at a luncheon presentation on Monday, November 13, 2006. This year's Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place November 10th to 12th, culminating with TSN's live broadcast of the Induction Celebration beginning at 7:00 P.M. (EST) on Monday, November 13th. The 2006 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, following the annual Selection Committee meeting the same day.
The Foster Hewitt Memorial Award is named in honour of the late "Voice of Hockey" in Canada. It was first presented in 1984 by the NHL Broadcasters' Association in recognition of members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and to the game of hockey. Named in honour of the late Montreal newspaper reporter, the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award was first presented in 1984 by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honour to journalism and to the game of hockey.
Elmer Ferguson presided over the sports desk of the Montreal Herald until he died, at the age of 87, in 1972. Ferguson's longevity and encyclopedic knowledge of hockey earned him the respect of his industry, while his insightful and sardonic comments earned him an international following of hockey fans.
In March 1923, Foster Hewitt aired one of the first hockey radio broadcasts. From that night on he became the eyes and ears of radio listeners and television viewers across Canada. Hewitt described thousands of hockey games, including national, World and Olympic championships in Canada, the United States and Europe.
For more information, please contact Kelly Masse of the Hockey Hall of Fame at 416-933-8212.