USA Hockey Hall of Fame class welcomes Roenick, Hatcher brothers and more

1-roenick.jpgWhile the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto gets most of the attention when it comes to honoring hockey’s greats, the United States has their own hall of fame to honor its own hockey greats. Today, USA Hockey announced their 2010 class and fans should be pretty familiar with some of the names.

Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher, Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick make up the United States Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010, as announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be enshrined into the Hall on October 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.

“These five individuals truly represent the very best of our sport in many different facets and their contributions have been truly extraordinary,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “We look forward to their formal induction in Buffalo this October.”

Everyone knows Jeremy Roenick by now. The former Blackhawk/Flyer/King/Coyote/Shark had one heck of a career and this induction could be just a warm up act for him should Toronto ever come calling. The Somerville, Massachusetts native now makes himself famous on television in one way or another.

The Hatcher brothers couldn’t be more polar opposite of each other when it came to their style of play. Kevin Hatcher was a smooth skater with a big shot and a power play threat for the Washington Capitals. He finished out his career with the Stars, Penguins, Rangers and Hurricanes amassing 227 goals and 677 points.

Kevin’s younger brother Derian Hatcher was a large, abusive defenseman who made a career out of finding ways to injure opponents. He was captain of the Dallas Stars when they won the Stanley Cup in 1999 and shortly thereafter had injury-riddled stints with the Red Wings and Flyers.

Art Berglund is someone you could refer to as one of the great builders of hockey in America working as the general manager of nine US Men’s national teams, eight US world junior teams, and worked with six different US Men’s Olympic teams. Berglund is also a former winner of the NHL’s Lester Patrick award and a member of the IIHF hall of fame.

Dr. George Nagobads is a name that will probably be far too unfamiliar to people, but he is virtually a legend in the state of Minnesota. He was the physician for the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic team in Lake Placid, as well as the team physician for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for 34 years and worked for eight years with the Minnesota North Stars. Chances are, most anyone who’s played hockey at any time in Minnesota they’ve met Dr. Nagobads and been treated by him. Sometimes the most important contributions to hockey come off the ice and Dr. Nagobads is the embodiment of that.

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    Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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    When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

    (His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

    It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

    He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

    First, the Kronwalling:

    Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

    It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

    Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

    Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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    Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

    It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

    To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

    The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

    That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

    They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

    Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


    More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

    In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

    Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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    The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

    You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

    That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

    Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

    Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


    Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

    While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

    In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

    The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?