Friday, July 23, 2010

American Greats

By Eloquence

Yesterday, the USA Hockey Hall of Fame selected its 2010 class. Most notably, the five new inductees include administrator Art Berglund and longtime University of Minnesota physician Dr. V. George Nagobads. GTOG fully endorses the selection of these two gentlemen for their contributions to the game of hockey. We couldn't be happier for them and their families (or as their families are more commonly referred to, "the only people who have ever heard of Art Berglund and V. George Nagobads").  Oh, and the other three inductees include Jeremy Roenick, and brothers Kevin and Derian Hatcher.

Kevin Hatcher played three seasons for the Penguins during the mediocre stretch in the late 90s. Pittsburgh is probably more memorable for him during the earlier part of the decade when Hatcher played for the Capitals and the Penguins owned them in the playoffs. 15 years later, it seems like it's true -- history tends to repeat itself. (Okay, to be fair, only one series lately and it went seven games).

Anyway, in honor Mr. Berglund and Dr. Nagobads, GTOG wanted to briefly look at Penguin greats who have been inducted into the USA HOF:

1990
Herb Brooks --A legend and rightfully he is more more well-known for coaching the USA Olympic hockey team to a miracle on ice, but he made solid contributions to the Pens as a head scout and coach.

1991
Badger Bob Johnson -- Led Pens to first Cup in team history. Legend.  A Great Day for Hockey.

1996
Craig Patrick -- 2 Cups, incredible drafting, the best trade in the history of the NHL, and assistant GM during Olympic gold medal in 1980.

1998
Joe Mullen -- First American born player to score 1,000 points. Won 3 cups. Came to Pens for a second round draft pick after winning his first cup in 1989 with the Flames.

2009
Tom Barrasso -- You don't win Cups without a bad-ass between the pipes.

Finally, an open question to the USA Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee: where is Kevin Stevens? He nearly averaged a point/game during his career, and had a four-season stretch with 408 points. We know he had some off-ice challenges and the NHL has a low tolerance for bad PR (in a related story, the newest street-slang for cocaine is "off-ice challenges"). But Jeremey Roenick damages the game's image far more every time he opens his mouth and dyes his hair with blond streaks before nationally televised games.

If it helps, GTOG would endorse his selection. Give it some thought.

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