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Recap Of USA Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductions

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

Scott Young knows what it is like to be part of an influx of talent. He was there in 1996 on the USA Hockey roster that won the World Cup of Hockey, part of a group of American players that would come to be known as the greatest generation, one that included Pat LaFontaine and Brian Leetch and Mike Modano and Keith Tkachuk.

He sees something familiar happening now.

"USA Hockey has done such a tremendous job," said Young, who was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday. "I think you see right from the grassroots of it now when you look at the ADM [American Development Model], the NTDP [National Team Development Program]. There's a clear path now.

"Right now, USA Hockey is in the hunt for all the gold medals in the world championships at every level. They've obviously done it right, and I think there are a lot of countries that are trying to copy the U.S. now."

It was a hot topic amongst the inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition to Young, Ron Wilson, the all-time winningest American head coach in NHL history; Jack Parker, the longtime Boston University coach; Ben Smith, who served as head coach of the 1998, 2002, and 2006 women's Olympic teams; and Kevin Collins, who officiated more than 2,000 NHL games, were honored. Peter Lindberg and Dave Ogrean received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding contribution to hockey in the United States.

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Below, USA Hockey press release on the inductees...

BOSTON — A quintet of American hockey legends including Kevin CollinsJack ParkerBen SmithRon Wilson and Scott Young were formally enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame this evening during a sold-out induction ceremony at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

In addition to the induction of the Class of 2017, Peter Lindberg and Dave Ogrean both received the National Hockey League's Lester Patrick Trophy, presented for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.

"It was a tremendous night honoring some extraordinary people who not only left an indelible mark on the fabric of hockey in every facet of the game, but also set the foundation for much of the modern development of American hockey as a whole," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey.

For full background on the storied careers of each inductee, please click here.

NOTES: USA Hockey assumed responsibilities for the selection process and induction event associated with the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was incorporated in 1969 and inducted its first class in 1973. With the inclusion of the Class of 2017, there are 173 enshrined members and four enshrined teams ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to preserve the rich history of the game in the United States, while recognizing the extraordinary contributions of select players, coaches, administrators, officials and teams. The United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is located in Eveleth, Minnesota.

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