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Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 3:15 pm
By: Adam Gretz

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five new members on Monday, introducing its 2011 class of Keith Tkachuk, Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Ed Snider and Mike Emrick.

Ron DeGregorio, President of USA Hockey called it an "extraordinary class" that had a positive impact on every level of hockey in the United States, while three of this year's class (Chelios, Suter and Tkachuk) were part of the 1996 team that won the World Cup of hockey

A few highlights on the new inductees:
  • Mike Emrick becomes the first media member to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, and has spent almost 40 years broadcasting games. He recently left the New Jersey Devils broadcast booth to take on a full-time role with NBC.
  • Ed Snider is the current owner and founder of the Philadelphia Flyers as they were one of six teams to join the NHL in 1967, marking the first major expansion in the league's history. He's already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders category.
  • Keith Tkachuk played over 1,200 games in his NHL career and scored 538 goals, good enough for 30th on the All-Time list, and is one of just four Americans (along with Joe Mullen, Jeremy Roenick and Mike Modano) to score at least 500 goals in the NHL. He's also represented the United States on the international stage and has won a Silver Medal (2002) and was also a member of the 1996 team that won the World Cup of Hockey.
  • Chris Chelios played in four different Olympic games and spent 26 seasons in the NHL, including the 2009-10 season where he appeared in seven games with the Atlanta Thrashers at the age of 48. In 1,651 games he scored 185 goals and was as tough as any defenseman in the league. He was a member of three Stanley Cup winning clubs, including the Montreal Canadiens in 1986, as well as two different championships with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.
  • Gary Suter was a member of the 1988 Calgary Flames team that won the Stanley Cup, and throughout his 17-year career spent time with the Flames, Blackhawks and Sharks. He scored 203 goals and was the NHL's rookie of the year following the 1985-86 season.
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Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:19 pm

Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Thank you!  At least I'm not the only one that can't stand listening to Joe Buck.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 3:39 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 3:12 pm

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A GREAT day for Wisconsin hockey... Cheli and Suter were BOTH former Badgers.  Throw in Pavelski, Richter, Burish, Rafalski, Ryan Suter, Granato, etc and you could have an "All American American" team.  Actually if you include CuJo, Heatley, Mellanby, etc and you might have the best college-to-pro team in all of hockey!!!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:52 am

Chelios' selection a no-brainer...

As a Red Wings fan, there was nobody I hated seeing come into town to play against them than Chris Chelios.  I still remember some of the disbelief of fellow fans when he signed with Detroit, but I knew the same people who hated him then would love him with a winged wheel on his shirt.  He was a borderline candidate before playing in Detroit, but the Stanley Cups and the longevity sealed the deal.  Congratulations on a great career.

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:39 am

Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Mike Emrick. He is one of the best announcers out there: not just in hockey, but all of sports. I'm glad to hear he will be doing more games for NBC.

After listening to Emrick call a game, it is very disappointing to turn to another network like FOX and have to listen to announcers who have no idea what they are doing (I'm talking about you, Joe Buck)

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:19 am

Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

One of the most ANNOYING announcers in the biz is being entered into the HOF. Again, I do not understand why everyone heaps tons of praise on this guy. Because he gets excited? Because he yells GOAL! really well? I defy you to blindfold yourself and listen to Emrick call a game and try to follow it.

You can't. There are too many 'scrums' and every shot "GETS THE GLASS!!!!!!!"

Seems like a nice man, but a below average announcer at best.

Pathetic -- the US HOF should not mistake longevity for quality. 

Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 1:20 am

Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Russianroyal.. Get Your facts straight.  When Chelios threw the cheap shot on Propp it was a LONG time (at least 12 years) since the Broadstreet Bully days.  Not to mention Propp was anything but a pysical player.  Let's be honest, he couldn't have fought his way out of a wet paper bag.  What Chelios did to him was the act of a coward. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:04 pm

Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Showing class jps... while Chelios won with Detroit, he was the Hawks when he was there. PRobably the last player who wanted and could play all 60 minutes.

Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:00 pm

Newest members of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Back in the day I hated, Hated, HATED the Blackhawks.  But, I could never really bring myself to hate Chelios.  When he signed with the Wings my first thought was - that is so wrong!   But, he was a great teammate and really brought it for the Wings.  Congrats Chris.  As a Wings fan, I'd be proud if he goes in as a Red Wing.  That said, my gut says he should go in as a Hawk.

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