Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees Winningest goalie,
‘Miracle’ coach head Class of 2006
By Mark Weisenmiller

Patrick Roy, Herb Brooks, Dick Duff and executive Harley Hotchkiss have been selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They will formally enter the Hall during ceremonies Nov. 13 in Toronto.

Roy, who won more regular-season games (551) than any other National Hockey League goalie, retired in 2003.

He was picked in the third round of the 1984 entry draft by the Montreal Canadiens. A year later he became the full-time goaltender for Les Habs and helped them win the Stanley Cup in his first full season in the net.

Roy earned the first of his three Conn Smythe Trophies as MVP of the playoffs that year. Seven seasons later, he won his second after leading the Avs past the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 Cup finals.

After an argument with then Canadiens coach Mario Tremblay during a regular season game in 1995, Roy demanded to be traded. He was, on Dec. 6 to the Colorado Avalanche. He proceeded to stop 63 shots to preserve a 1-0 triple-overtime victory in game 7 of the 1996 Cup finals.

Roy was on his fourth, and last, Cup-winning team in 2001, when the Avalanche downed  the New Jersey in the finals.  

Dick Duff won a spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster in 1955 at age 19. A talented left wing with flashy moves and a quick and accurate wrist shot, Duff played eight seasons with the Leafs, helping win Cups in 1962 and ’63
 
He was traded twice in 1964, first to the New York Rangers and later to Montreal, where he played on four more Cup winners.

 

Duff retired during the 1971-72 season, finishing his career with 283 goals and 289 assists in 1,030 regular-season games.

Hotchkiss and Brooks will be inducted into the Builders Category of the Hall of Fame.

Hotchkiss was born and raised in Ontario and played for the Michigan State Spartans in 1950. He drifted away from the sport and eventually wound up in the oil business in Calgary and became quite wealthy.

For years, Hotchkiss led a consortium of businessmen seeking to bring an NHL team to Calgary. In 1980, they succeeded, purchasing the Atlanta Flames and transferring them to Alberta.

Hotchkiss, who went on to become the chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors in 1996 and continues to serve in that position, helped build one of the NHL’s most successful franchises. The Flames won a Stanley Cup in 1989 and reached the finals in 2004. Hotchkiss also helped Calgary land the 1988 Winter Olympic.

Hockey fans everywhere remember the late Brooks as the coach of the "Miracle On Ice" 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team that upset the heavily favored Soviet Union and downed Finland in the gold medal game.

Few know that the Minnesota native played for the University of Minnesota from 1955 to

1959 and was the last player cut from the U.S. Olympic team that won gold at the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. 

Brooks returned to collegiate hockey in 1972 with his alma mater. Three of his Gopher teams won NCAA Division I national Championships. His success led to his selection as the head coach of  the 1980 Olympic team.

After the Lake Placid upset, Brooks was hired to coach the New York Rangers, but he was unable to duplicate his collegiate and Olympic success during his four seasons behind the Madison Square Garden bench.

He also coached the 1987-88 Minnesota North Stars, the 1992-1993 New Jersey Devils, the 1999-2000 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 1998 French and 2002 U.S. Olympic squads.

Sadly, on Aug. 11, 2003, Brooks fell asleep while driving home in Minnesota from a charity event and died from the injuries he suffered when his vehicle flipped.

 
  

 

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