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Modano, Lamoriello and Olczyk inducted to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Jul 11, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 inductees and, once again, it’s an impressive field.

The class is highlighted by Mike Modano, who over the course of 20 seasons in Minnesota, Dallas and Detroit became the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history.

“He is one of the absolute all-time greats,” said USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean. “It is difficult to find a better American player.”

Modano routinely represented the U.S. internationally, winning a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics and gold at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Speaking of that World Cup win, the GM of the American squad — New Jersey Devils CEO and president Lou Lamoriello — was also inducted into the U.S. HHOF. Lamoriello was recognized for his outstanding contributions to USA Hockey, most notably what he did in ’96.

Ogrean called Lamoriello “The architect of one of the most significant moments in USA Hockey history — 1996 World Cup of Hockey Championship.”

(For more on how LouLam constructed the team, check out this profile.)

The third and final 2012 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee was NHL on NBC analyst Ed Olczyk.

The No. 3 overall pick in 1984 played for six different teams during his 15-year career, appearing in over 1,000 NHL contests and scoring nearly 800 points.

“To sit in that chair every night and talk about the game and pump up American players and the greatest game in the world is a thrill,” Olczyk said. “It’s a very proud day for me and my family. I’m humbled, honored and thankful to represent our game in the great United States.”

  1. meynbass - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Good stuff

  2. ineedmorehossa - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    suck it Pierre

  3. hagigun - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    The North Star fans will never forget the Modano moments. I was thrilled when the franchise finally won a cup (One of the few MN people who still liked the players).

    They don’t get much cooler than Mr. Modo. All the best to this years class.

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Nice job, No-check Olczyk. I say this with affection. Loved your time with the Jets. Keep growing the game in the US.

  5. dallasstars9 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I think we can all agree that one season in Detroit didn’t really count.

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