August 1, 2011
Chelios, Tkachuk to enter U.S. Hockey Hall
By SPORTS NETWORK
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Chris Chelios headlines a list of five new members to be enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class.
The 2011 class also includes players Keith Tkachuk and Gary Suter, play-by-play announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick and owner Ed Snider. They will be enshrined in Chicago this fall.
"It's an extraordinary class," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "The varied contributions to the landscape of hockey in our country is truly amazing and, collectively, this class has positively impacted every level of hockey."
Chelios' professional career spanned 26 seasons, beginning in 1983-84 with the Montreal Canadiens and ending with a brief stint with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009-10. He played the bulk of his career for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.
The 49-year-old is the all-time leader in games played by a defenceman in NHL history with 1,651 and ranks 10th all-time among blueliners with 948 points (185 goals, 763 assists).
A three-time Norris Trophy winner, Chelios won three Stanley Cups -- one with the Canadiens (1986) and two with the Red Wings (2002 and 2008).
Chelios also represented the United States at four Winter Olympics.
Tkachuk played 19 seasons in the NHL as a prolific power forward with the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues and Thrashers. He registered 538 goals and 527 assists in 1,201 career games. The four-time Olympian is one of only four American-born players to score 500 NHL goals.
Suter spent 17 years in the NHL as an offensive contributor from the blueline, compiling 203 goals and 844 points in 1,145 career games with the Calgary Flames, Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. He became the first American-born player to capture the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1986 with the Flames. Three years later, Suter helped Calgary win the franchise's lone Stanley Cup.
Emrick is one of the most recognizable voices in sports, having been a play-by-play announcer for nearly 40 years. He has called 13 Stanley Cup Finals as the lead national broadcaster on NBC, Versus, Fox and ESPN. Emrick was the 2008 recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting. He served as the voice of the New Jersey Devils from 1993-2011.
Snider is the founder and current owner of the Philadelphia Flyers. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.