HALL OF FAME DAY 2017
This was the second year that the Hall of Fame inductions took place in Lake Placid and at the site of the Hall.
The hall itself is a magical place for all who love our great sport of Hockey. It is now decorated with the banners of many Olympic heroes,the rosters of the teams that participated in the 1980 Olympics the plaque of the immortal Herb Brooks and of course the New York State High School Hall of Fame.
The HS Hall of Fame makes a bland hallway a beautiful place that is decorated with the plaques of great players, great coaches and great teams of NYS Hockey. It is a must visit for anyone who loves hockey.
The weekend started with short speeches by John Orlando,Bill Plante then Tim Flanigan, the LaSalle Coach of the 1999-2000 Division 2 State Champions and individual inductees Rodger Huiatt, Steve Santini. Inductee Brett Pesce could not make it as he was in British Columbia seeing specialists about a serious hand injury. Ithaca HS, the 1999-2000 Division 1 State Champions could not make it because of scheduling conflicts.
Closing remarks were made by Scott Stuart, the Chairman of the Hockey Committee of the NYSPHSAA.
The day continued with lunch and many of those who were inducted played golf at the Lake Placid Club even though it was a cold and blustery day. The day concluded with a dinner at the Crown Plaza with the formal induction of the new members and giving them their plaques.
Bill Plante, the President of the NYSHSHCA read the accomplishments of each inductee.
The 1999-2000 Coach of the LaSalle Team, Tim Flanigan accepted the Plaque and the shared many anecdotes with the audience that included his assistant coach and 12 of the players on that team and their families and friends.
Bill then read the accomplishments of Brett Pesce of Sleepy Hollow/Irvington HS of Section 1, the University of New Hampshire and the NHL Carolina Hurricanes.
He then read the accomplishments of Rodger Huiatt of Norwood-Norfolk, Northwood Prep,Clarkson university and many professional teams in the USA and Europe. Rodger then spoke and his love of the game came shinning through.
Bill then read the accomplishments of Steve Santini of Kennedy HS of Section 1, Boston College and the NHL New Jersey Devils. Steve is a very well spoken young man who accepted his plaque with great humility and then introduced 2 friends Ian McCoshen, his BC roommate and currently a player on the NHL Florida Panthers and Chad Malinowski a rising star who is now at Wesleyan University. These 3 fine young men are defensemen that any coach would die to have on their team.
It was a great weekend and left the large crowd both in the morning festivities and evening dinner with a feeling that they were glad to be there.
Thanks also go to the staff of the Lake Placid Olympic Center for the great job they do in maintaining the Hall of Fame.
If you go to our web site www.nyshshca.org
more extensive bios of our inductees can be read as well as the synopsis of the Division 1 and 2 games of the Final Four weekend in Utica.