Five new members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame were inducted on Thursday night. Lead by the always outspoken Jeremy Roenick, the new class includeds Derian and Kevin Hatcher, Art Berglund, and Dr. George Nagobads.
BUFFALO -- The US Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minnesota may not have the same type of mystique as the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, but you can't fault it for having the same type of star power.
On Thursday night, five more people were inducted into the Hall of Fame, all of which you have heard certainly heard about in some capacity: Jeremy Roenick, Derian Hatcher, Kevin Hatcher, Art Berglund, and Dr. George Nagobads. SB Nation was at the induction event at HSBC Arena.
Roenick played in the NHL for a total of 20 seasons with five different teams, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Phoenix Coyotes, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Los Angeles Kings, and the San Jose Sharks. All told, he played in a total of 1,363 games, scoring 513 goals and 1,216 overall points.
While Roenick was a great player on the ice, he was also a dynamic player off the ice. What made Roenick so great to the fans and the media was that he always told it like it was and never pulled any punches with anyone. Even in his acceptance speech, he was the same way:
On Kevin Hatcher - "I've never seen a guy the size of Kevin Hatcher absolutely embarass four or five guys at the same time. His offensive ability was second to none."
On Derian Hatcher - "Not many people represent their team better than Derian Hatcher in sticking up for his players. When you wear that 'C' on your chest, it means that when someone messes with your players, you better keep your head up because we are going to mess with yours."
On Brian Burke - "What a whackjob he is, I love him. There should be more Brian Burke's in the world, I just think he is so great for American hockey and hockey in general."
Derian and Kevin Hatcher
The younger Hatcher brother may have had the more productive career than his brother, but both players had impressive careers. Derian Hatcher was the first American born captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup, the only one he won in 1999. Derian played in 1,045 games with three organizations, the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Philadelphia Flyers. In his career Hatcher scored 80 goals and had a total of 351 points.
Kevin Hatcher, while never winning a Stanley Cup like his brother, did have more goals and points in his 17 year career. Over 1,157 games, Kevin scored a total of 227 goals and amassed a total of 677 points. For a short time, two seasons in fact, the Hatcher brothers were on the same team, the 1995 and 1996 Dallas Stars teams. From then, Kevin was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers during the offseason of the 1996 season.
This is the second time that two brothers have been inducted in the same year, the other time was 2002 with Scott and Mark Fusco.
Berglund was a part of 30 different international teams in his 50 year career and helped manage some of the best international teams out there. Berglund was a general manager of nine U.S. Men's National teams and eight U.S. Men's Junior teams. He was also apart of six Olympic teams, including the silver medal winning team from 2002.
Art has been around many junior teams so when he says "we don't have to expect miracles anymore. We have the players and the talent..." when referring to this year's World Junior Championship being played in Buffalo, you know that he means it.
Dr. George Nagobads
George Nagobads was a team physician for a handful of different organizations, including the Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota North Stars. Most notably though, he was the team physician for five U.S. Olympic teams including the 1980 gold medal team. Nagobads is already apart of the Hall of Fame when he was inducted along with the 1980 Men's Olympic team.
Nagobads has been around many teams and loves to tell stories about his time in and around hockey teams. His most famous story was during the 1980 Olympics, when he was on the stopwatch for coach Herb Brooks as he monitored ice time during shifts. He never got to actually watch that game.
While none of these gentlemen have yet been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, being inducted into the US Hockey Hall is just as great of an honor.