Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Amonte named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame



Former Terrier standout Tony Amonte will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December. Amonte, who helped lead BU to Frozen Fours in 1990 and 1991, becomes the third BU player named to the Hall of Fame as individuals, joining two Terrier stars of the early 1950s, Jack Kelley, later the team’s head coach, and Jack Garrity. Four other Terriers—Dick Rodenheiser, Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and Dave Silk—were inducted as members of gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams.

The Boston Herald reports that Amonte’s induction could become part of the upcoming Winter Classic at Fenway Park that is expected to conclude with a BU-BC matchup.

The Hingham, Mass., native scored 900 points in 16 NHL seasons, most spent with the Chicago Blackhawks. A two-time Olympian, Amonte scored the game-winner against Canada late in the third period of the deciding game of the best-of-three championship series in inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

NHL.com spoke with Brian Strait who reflected on BU’s comeback win in the NCAA title game and his Terrier career, and looked ahead to his first full NHL camp with the Penguins.

► The Maple Ridge (B.C.) News reports that Brandon Yip’s contract with the Colorado Avalanche is a one-year $750,000 entry level contract. The right winger, who graduated in May with degree in Criminal Justice, has been skating with another Maple Ridge native, Andrew Ladd of the Blackhawks, while preparing for Avs rookie camp.

► Blog contributor CDRAL reports that former Terrier All-American defenseman Dan Spang has signed on with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of the German DEL. A former second-round draft choice of San Jose, Spang finished last season with the Syracuse Crunch.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Hi! I always thought Dan Spang was on the cusp of NHL play. Everything I read about his AHL career seemed leading to the next level. Anyone have thoughts on his choice to move to Germany? Just curious...

candycanes99 said...

He had a few injuries that held him back from blossoming in the AHL, and the Sharks were too deep early on for him to get NHL experience when he could have gotten the most improvement. I don't have any inside info, but I imagine he got very little interest from teams for even AHL contracts and wants to improve overseas before attempting to continue in the professional leagues here again.

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