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September 2015

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04 STOPs STARTS & USA HOCKEY NEWS & UPDATES PHOTOS BY Getty Images; USA Hockey Magazine Archives SEPTEMBER. 2015 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM hen Brian Burke was asked why he picked Chris Drury to be a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team, the general manager bluntly responded, "Because he's Chris Drury." Whether it was as a Little League pitcher, a college hockey player at Boston University where he won the Hobey Baker Award, or a 12-year NHLer, the Trumbull, Conn., native has always been synomy- mous with winning. And now he can add Hall of Famer to one of the most impressive resumes in USA Hockey history. Drury will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame along with NHL vet- eran defenseman Mathieu Schneider, four- time Olympian Angela Ruggiero and former USA Hockey President Ron DeGregorio. The induction ceremony is set for Dec. 17 in Boston. For Ruggiero, the call came a little more than a month after she received word that she will be the fourth female player enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. One of the true pioneers in the sport of women's ice hockey, the native of Simi Valley, Calif., played in more games for Team USA than any player, man or woman. Schneider, who is now an executive with the NHL Players' Association, was a model of consistency over the course of his 21-year career that spanned 1,289 games with 10 teams. The New York City native ranks third among all American-born NHL defensemen. He was also a member of the U.S. squad that captured the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and represented the U.S. in the 1998 and 2006 Olympics. The opportunities afforded to these players would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of DeGregorio. His involvement in hockey spans more than 40 years, and during that time he wore just about every hat within USA Hockey, including the past 12 years as the organization's president. He is credited with a number of innovative ideas that have helped the sport grow and prosper in the United States. "USA Hockey has been blessed with so many great leaders working together to grow the game and the people in it," said the Boston native. "It's been a pleasure working together with these leaders, from the grass roots to the NHL to the inter- national community. We've had some great successes together and there will be many more in the future, I'm sure." Here's your chance to own a piece of hockey history. Actually, 19 pieces of memorabilia from the most iconic sports moment of the last century. Jim Craig, a goaltender with the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, is literally cleaning out his closet and putting nearly all his memorabilia from the "Miracle On Ice" up for sale in a one 19-item lot. For the asking price of $5.7 million, the winning bidder will receive Craig's jersey worn in the game in which the U.S. defeated the Soviet Union, 4-3, his Olympic gold medal and the American flag he wore over his shoulders when the U.S. defeated Finland in the gold- medal game. Craig's goalie stick and skates from 35 years ago are also included in the collection, along with the outfit he wore at the 1980 opening ceremony, his 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award, Olympic ring, a gold-medal winner watch and winter coat that he wore. "I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family," Craig told ESPN.com. The asking price may keep most collectors away, but Craig wants to keep all the items together in hopes that whoever buys them will continue to display the items as he has done over the past 35 years. "We learned more and more every day how important it was," Craig said. "From letters, to people telling us their stories on Facebook and on Twitter. We were just a bunch of humble guys, and the American people embraced us and our team because we were the truth." Craig isn't the first member of the "Miracle on Ice" team to auction items from that iconic event. Captain Mike Eruzione sold his jersey from the gold- medal game for $657,250, and the stick he used for $262,900 in 2013. Mark Wells and Mark Pavelich both sold their gold medals. Craig Puts Miracle Items On The Market Icons Of The Game Added To U.S. Hall "Coaches get way too much credit when we win, and way too much blame when we lose. Don't kid yourself, coaches are important, but players win or lose games." — John Tortorella, former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks THEY SAID IT W DRURY RUGGIERO DEGREGORIO SCHNEIDER

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