Hamilton, ON – The Hamilton Huskies Minor Hockey
Association announced today the detailed plans for the Inaugural Hamilton
Huskies Alumni Weekend and its Inaugural Inductees to the Huskies Hall of Fame.
Press Release April 29, 2014
For Immediate Release
HAMILTON HUSKIES ANNOUNCE ALUMNI DETAILS AND HALL INDUCTIONS
ANDREYCHUK, FOTHERINGHAM, 1991 HUSKIES AAA NATIONAL FINALISTS AND HOWELL NAMED AS INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Hamilton, ON – The Hamilton Huskies Minor Hockey Association announced today the detailed plans for the Inaugural Hamilton Huskies Alumni Weekend and its Inaugural Inductees to the Huskies Hall of Fame.
The 2014 Hamilton Huskies Hall of Fame Inductees:
Athlete: Dave Andreychuk
Builder: Harry Fotheringham
Team: 1991 Hamilton Huskies Midget AAA
Hamilton Hockey Award: Harry Howell
On August 16th, 2014 The Hamilton Huskies Minor Hockey Association celebrates its 43 year history with The Inaugural Hamilton Huskies Alumni Weekend, including The Huskies Alumni Golf Tournament to be held at Kings Forest Golf Club with a 12:30 Shotgun Start, and The Huskies Hall of Fame Dinner hosted by the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s beginning at 7:00 p.m.
“Huskies Alumni cross a wide rink of sport, community, and business involvement locally, provincially, nationally and internationally”, states Huskies’ General Manager Mike Spadafora. “Our city is underrated for its hockey history and we hope to help correct that; there have been players, coaches, executives, parents and other volunteers that have gone on to great heights in the game of hockey, as well as contribute to the community of greater Hamilton and well beyond. The Hamilton Huskies want to honour our alumni, and also pay tribute to Hamilton hockey history in other categories.”
The Hamilton Huskies organization was founded in 1971 as the Hamilton Minor Hockey Association (HMHA). The organization has been a key part of the landscape of minor hockey for over 40 years beginning with AAA, AA and house league opportunities for youth, evolving through many changes to a recently re-named Huskies.
THE ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT - KING’S FOREST GOLF COURSE
Registration at 11:00 a.m.; Shot-Gun Start at 12:30 p.m.
$95.00 per Golfer; $380 per foursome; $150 Hole Sponsorship
THE HALL OF FAME DINNER - THE HAMILTON CONVENTION CENTRE
Cocktail Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner at 7:30 p.m.; Hall of Fame Inductions at 9:00 p.m.
$65 per ticket; $650 per table of 10 tickets
OVERTIME PARTY – Kelseys Westdale at 875 Main St. W., Hamilton ON
HAMILTON HUSKIES HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
The Hamilton Huskies Hockey Hall of Fame celebrates the significant achievements of its Alumni players, coaches, officials and builders of the Hamilton Huskies and Hamilton Reps organization, and in representing the City of Hamilton’s storied hockey history.
At its Annual Hall of Fame Celebration, one candidate will be honoured in each of the following Categories: Athlete, Builder, Team; and the Hamilton Hockey Award will annually be presented to a significant athlete, team, event, representing historical significance in Hamilton Hockey History.
Athlete – Criteria: The individual candidate must have represented the Huskies/Reps and achieved significant success at a provincial, national, and/or international level at either the professional or amateur level either as an active member of the Association, or in their pursuits as a Huskies graduate.
2014 Inductee: Dave Andreychuk
Drafted 16th Overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Andreychuk played all of his minor hockey in Hamilton, first at Mountain Arena and then with the Hamilton Huskies alongside notable Huskies Alumni Joe Cirella. He played 23 years in the NHL dressing for 1639 games in total with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning serving as Captain of the Lightning’s Stanley Cup Championship in 2004; he is one of the highest scoring left wingers in NHL history having recorded 640 goals and 1338 points and is the League’s all-time leader in power-play goals with 274. The City of Hamilton renamed the Mountain Arena following renovations, the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena and Skating Centre in his honour in 2005. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2008 and into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. The Lightening organization most recently honoured him with a statue this past April. (Bio provided courtesy of the HAMILTON SPORTS HALL OF FAME)
Builder (Coach, Manager, Administrator) – Criteria: The individual candidate must have represented the Huskies/Reps and contributed to the overall growth of the organization through success on or off the ice.
2014 Inductee: Harry Fotheringham
As one of the founding members of the Hamilton Huskies Minor Hockey Association in 1971, Fotheringham served as the Treasurer for his entire tenure on the Board of Directors which lasted more than 15 years as a volunteer. He was also won of the founding partners of the Hamilton Kilty B’s organization and was the official timekeeper of the Hamilton Red Wings for many years.
Team – Criteria: The candidate must have achieved noteworthy success at a provincial and/or national and/or international level during at least 1 season.
2014 Inductee: 1991 Hamilton Huskies Midget AAA
This 1990/91 edition of the AAA version of the Huskies program featured a number of players who graduated to Junior ranks as players and officials. It achieved great success under the leadership of Head Coach Mel Boyd capturing the OMHA League Championship, becoming All-Ontario Champions, and was one of the Finalists in the National Finals.
Hamilton’s Special Hockey Award – The Hamilton Huskies Executive reserves the right to honour an individual, team, significant event, or significant location that has represented Hamilton’s storied Hockey History.
2014 Inductee: Harry Howell
Rock steady is the best way to describe Harry Howell’s career patrolling the blue line in the NHL and WHA.
The Hamilton resident and Hamilton Police Minor Hockey Association Graduate joined the New York Rangers when he was just 19 and became captain at 22. He played 17 years for the Broadway blue shirts and his No. 3 is one of only eight jersey numbers retired by the Rangers. In Howell’s combined 24 seasons with the NHL and WHA he played 1,581 games, scored 101 goals and had 360 assists. He won the Norris Trophy in 1967 as the NHL’s Top Defenceman and joked that he had to win it that year because the trophy was going to be owned by a young defenceman named Bobby Orr for years thereafter. Howell coached in both the NHL and WHA. In 1990 he won his first Stanley Cup as a scout with the Edmonton Oilers. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 and among other forms of recognition for his achievements and tenure, was inducted into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame as a 2010 Inaugural Inductee. (Bio provided courtesy of the HAMILTON SPORTS HALL OF FAME)
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