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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Dec. 13, 2017



BOSTON, Massachusetts –                                                                                       

Formal induction to the U. S. Hockey Hall of Fame representing the new class of 2017 took place this week in Boston, Massachusetts.  This year the celebration of five new inductees was emphasized by a definite eastern hockey flavor.

Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.) began his storied career as a Harvard player whose path led to coaching positions with the University of Massachusetts, Yale University and Boston University.  International coaching opportunities with the U. S. National Junior Team, U. S. Men’s National Team, and U. S. Men’s Olympic Team in 1988 was followed by head coaching positions at Dartmouth College and Northeastern University. This trail of success would set the stage for what would become a decade as head coach for the American women’s ice hockey program by earning Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in Olympic and World Cup competition.

Ron Wilson (Rhode Island) earned All-American honors at Providence before moving to the NHL as a player with Toronto and the Minnesota North Stars which would eventually lead to even greater success in coaching which ranks him among the top American NHL Head Coaches with more than 15 full seasons with outstanding success.  As one of the country’s most dedicated and prolific coaches, Ron Wilson stepped behind the bench for Team USA as head coach or assistant head coach on nine occasions for international competition while guiding the Men’s U.S. Olympic Teams to Silver, a Bronze medal at the World Championship and the most notable triumph by winning the World Cup of Hockey Championship in 1996.

Kevin Collins  (Springfield, Mass.) performed as one of hockey’s most respected officials over a period of four decades in more than 2000 NHL games as a linesman and most by an American official in Stanley Cup playoff games.  As a pioneer in the development of officiating, his on-ice officiating extended to international competition with the Canada Cup, World Cup, Winter Olympics and the celebrated NHL All-Star Games.

Scott Young (Clinton, Mass.) performed as one of hockey’s most talented scorers whose versatile performance of playing both forward and defense included 17 NHL seasons and winning two Stanley Cups first with Pittsburgh and later with Colorado. His extraordinary international success representing Team USA created medal success for his National Junior Teams, three U.S. Olympic Teams, and winning the World Cup of Hockey Championship in 1996.

Jack Parker (Somerville, Mass.) rounds out the prestigious category in coaching as the legendary Boston University coach with more than 40 years of college coaching success. Beyond his enviable records of conference and national championships is the lasting impact he made on an extensive list of his former players who have gone on to play in the NHL, U. S. Olympic Teams, Stanley Cup championships and for some, the life time achievement and personal honor of being inducted to the U.S. HOCKEY HALL of FAME.

Approved By:

Doug Palazzari

Executive Director

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U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME Class of 2017

Check out our biographies of the inductees in the Inductees section!

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Congrats to the USA Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017

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