Brodeur, O’Ree, Bettman lead inductees into Hockey HOF
TORONTO (AP) — Martin Brodeur, Willie O'Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.
Brodeur, the all-time leader in goalie wins and shutouts, was joined in the player's category by Martin St. Louis, Canadian women's star Jayna Hefford and Russian great Alexander Yakushev. Bettman and O'Ree — the NHL's first black player — went into the Hall as builders.
Racism lingers for NHL players 60 years after O’Ree landmark
WASHINGTON (AP) — Devante Smith-Pelly got up from his seat.
The Washington Capitals forward had heard the unmistakably racist taunts from fans from inside the penalty box. As a black hockey player, he knew exactly what they meant by yelling, "Basketball, basketball, basketball!"
"It's just ignorant people being ignorant," Smith-Pelly said.
‘Such a pro’: At 39, Roberto Luongo still chasing the Cup
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo has an arena named after him. He has made roughly $100 million in career earnings, knows he is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame one day, ranks among the sport's all-time leaders in virtually every goaltending category. And in a true testament to Luongo's popularity, the Twitter account of his alter ego even has close to a million followers.
The addition of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to the Hockey Hall of Fame has prompted sharp pushback from some former players angry about the league's handling of head injuries.
Willie O'Ree didn't know he had broken the NHL's color barrier when he made his debut in 1958. Martin Brodeur couldn't see the three Stanley Cup titles and jaw-dropping career ahead when he played his first game in goal for the New Jersey Devils in 1992 and, a year later, Gary Bettman didn't know he would end up growing the league by leaps and bounds over the next 25 years as its commissioner.
In one of the least conspicuous places possible, the most conspicuous trophy in all of sports spent a few strange but ultimately interesting hours Wednesday.
Apex woman’s Olympic goal finds place in Hockey Hall of Fame
Randi Heesoo Griffin, of Apex, knew she'd have the chance to make history when she was recruited to play for the South Korean women's hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Griffin was born in the United States, but her mother is from South Korea, allowing the girl who played her youth hockey in the Triangle a chance on the international stage.
Ex-NHL star’s wife: Trump made advance on me in elevator
NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of Hall of Fame hockey player Luc Robitaille has tweeted about an advance she says Donald Trump made on her more than two decades ago in an elevator at Madison Square Garden.
The late Colin Lister, who was a longtime business manager and owner of the Komets, will be inducted into the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
After long wait, Dave Andreychuk joins Hockey Hall of Fame
TORONTO (AP) — Dave Andreychuk sensed his numbers would be good enough to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He just had to stay patient.
Andreychuk retired in 2006 after a 23-year NHL career, and his 640 goals make him the 14th-highest scoring player. Of the 17 retired players to hit the 600-goal mark, he was the only one not in the Hall other than co-inductee Teemu Selanne despite being eligible for induction since 2009. Selanne became eligible this year.
Hall of Fame D Pilote passes away at age 85
CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Fame defenseman Pierre Pilote, a three-time Norris Trophy winner who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961, has died. He was 85.
The Blackhawks said Sunday that Pilote died Saturday night. Pilote was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975, and the Blackhawks retired his No. 3 jersey — along with Keith Magnuson's — in November 2008.
Paul Kariya always felt as if he knew where Teemu Selanne was on the ice when they had spectacular chemistry together as teammates.
On Monday, Selanne pulled a new trick, telling Kariya where he was going: the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Before Kariya got the call that he was being inducted, Selanne delivered the news that the dynamic duo that thrilled hockey in Anaheim for several years was going to be inducted together this fall.
Hockey Hall of Fame unveils Gordie Howe statue
TORONTO (AP) — Gordie Howe is watching over the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame unveiled a nearly 8-foot statue of the late Detroit Red Wings star Friday. Howe's sons, Mark and Marty, participated in the ceremony.
"When I was young I'd see all these kids come up to Gordie Howe and he looked like this mountain of a man," said Mark Howe, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2011. "Now people from of all walks of life are going to come here and see he was truly a mountain of a man.
Long wait finally ends for Eric Lindros, Hall of Fame class
TORONTO (AP) — Eric Lindros had just received his Hockey Hall of Fame ring and was feeling particularly buoyant.
"Check it out!" he said, raising his left hand and shiny new ring to show to the television camera. "Check it out!"
Lindros' long Hall of Fame wait is over.
Passed over six times for entry into the shrine, the now 43-year-old will finally get his plaque, honored along with Rogie Vachon, Sergei Makarov and the late Pat Quinn.
Peter Karmanos seeks to boost revival of downtown Pontiac
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Businessman and Hockey Hall of Fame member Peter Karmanos is hoping to boost efforts to revive downtown Pontiac with new investments.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/2eesC4t ) the chairman and co-founder of MadDog Technology announced Thursday along with co-founder Mark Hillman that they're moving three of their companies to the historic Riker Building in the Michigan city.
Mark Howe, Pat Kelly are Lester Patrick Trophy winners
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe and East Coast Hockey League co-founder Pat Kelly are this year's Lester Patrick Trophy winners for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Howe played 22 professional seasons split between the NHL and the World Hockey Association, and is the son of NHL great Gordie Howe, who died in June. Born in Detroit, he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
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A third of a century of excellence.
Longtime Woonsocket coach to be added to Hockey Hall of Fame
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — The longtime coach of a private school in Woonsocket is being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Normand "Bill" Belisle helped lead Mount St. Charles Academy to 26 straight titles and 32 total championships since taking over as the school's head hockey coach in 1975.
Belisle was recently named a member of the 2016 Hall of Fame class. The date and location of the induction ceremony will be announced this month.