Friday, July 23, 2010

Hatcher to be inducted in US Hockey Hall of Fame

USA Hockey has announced that former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and captain Derian Hatcher will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Thurs., Oct. 21 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y..
In addition, former Flyers center Jeremy Roenick was also named to USA Hockey's Class of 2010.

"I was quite excited," said Hatcher. "I got the call about 10 days ago. At the time they didn't tell me who else was inducted. Then I was talking to my brother (Kevin) and he had mentioned that he was inducted, too. I think both of us being inducted together will be more exciting and special for me. I believe we will be the first pair of U.S. brothers who both played 1000 games in the NHL. Throughout the course of our careers we played on a few teams together and now we are doing this together. It will be fun and we are looking forward to it."

In addition, Hatcher and Roenick will be joined by former defenseman and Derian's brother Kevin Hatcher, coach and executive Art Berglund and long-time physician for USA Hockey Dr. V. George Nagobads.

Hatcher is currently serving as the team's Player Development Coach after being named to that position on June 15, 2009. The 38-year-old signed with Philadelphia as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2005 and in parts of
four seasons with the Flyers, recorded nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points and 193 penalty minutes in 203 regular season games. He also posted five points (1G,4A) and 50 penalty minutes in 21 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Flyers.

He was named the 14th captain in Flyers history on Jan. 29, 2006 and served in that role until September of 2006. In 2006-07, he was the winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers' most outstanding
defenseman and appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game vs. New York Islanders on Apr. 7, 2007, becoming the 218th player in NHL history to reach that milestone.

Over parts of his 17-year National Hockey League career, he compiled 80 goals and 251 assists for 331 points and 1,581 penalty minutes in 1,045 regular season games for the Minnesota North Stars (1991-92 to 1992-93), Dallas Stars (1993-94 to 2002-03), Detroit Red Wings (2003-04) and Philadelphia Flyers (2005-06 to 2008-09). He also recorded 33 points (7G,26A) and 248 penalty minutes in 133 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

He was a member of Dallas' Stanley Cup Championship team in 1999 and is the only American-born player to captain a team to a Stanley Cup Championship.

A native of Sterling Heights, Mich., Hatcher represented the United States in two Olympics (1998 and 2006) and was a member of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Championship Team. He was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 2003 and appeared in the 1997 NHL All-Star Game. Hatcher was originally selected by Minnesota in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Roenick, 40, spent three seasons with the Flyers (2001-02 through 2003-04), where he registered 67 goals and 106 assists for 173 points and 211 penalty minutes in 216 career regular season games. He led the
Flyers in points in two of his three season with the club (67, 2001-02) and (59, 2002-03), while leading them in goals (27) and tied for the team lead in assist (32) in 2002-03.

He was recipient of both the Yanick Dupre Class Guy Memorial Award and Bobby Clarke Trophy, as team MVP, in 2002 and represented the Flyers in the mid-season NHL All-Star Game in all three years with the team.

During his tenure with the Flyers, he also recorded 21 points (7G,14A) and 30 penalty minutes in 36 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 of the 2004 Eastern Conference
Semifinals vs. Toronto to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory and 4 games to 2 series victory over the Maple Leafs.

A native of Boston, Mass., Roenick was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

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