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T H E H O C K E Y W O R L D i s a small community. Scott Young 's playing career is liv- ing proof of that. He played for Jack Parker at Boston University. Ben Smith turned him from a forward to a defenseman with the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. He played with and against Ron Wilson as a member of several celebrated U.S. squads. And he crossed paths with legendary NHL linesman Kevin Collins during his 17 year NHL career. And now the Clinton, Mass., native will meet up with them again when they are inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 13 in Boston. Having the ceremony so close to home will allow Young the opportunity to acknowledge those who helped him along his lifelong hockey journey. "My mom and dad were at every sin- gle game, and that is tough to do when you have full-time jobs," Young said. "It was very comforting to look up in the stands and see them there." T h a t s u p p o r t c o n t i n u e d d u r i n g Young 's two years with the Terriers. From there he joined the first of three U.S. Olympic Teams. That was when Smith, a long-time assistant at BU, turned him into a forward. While an unpopular decision at the time, Young credits the move with laying the founda- tion for an NHL career that spanned 1,181 regular-season games, which is good for 15th among American players. "I fought it a little bit at first, but it ended up making me a much better hockey player and made me more valuable going into the NHL," said Young, who won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh (1991) and Colorado (1996). Young returned to the Olympic stage in Albertville, France, in 1992 and was also a member of the team that won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. That was when he was reunited with Wilson, who was his teammate on the 1988 U.S. Men's National Team. In 2002, Young had the opportunity to play for another legendary coach in Herb Brooks as the U.S. won a silver medal at the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. In addition to playing for so many outstanding coaches, Young faced off with and against some of the greatest play- ers in the game. It's an honor he talks about with his sons, Brett and Tyler, who are following in their dad's footsteps. "That's what it's all about," said Young, who recently took a job in the Penguins organization. "You make a lot of friends throughout your hockey career, and I think every guy in the NHL would say the same thing. Being in the locker room and making friends is something very special." P Hall Class Hits Close To Home For Young by HARRY THOMPSON OCTOBER 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 9 3 U S A H O C K E Y N E W S , P E O P L E & P R O G R A M S O F F THE D R AW PHOTOS COURTESY OF Getty Images "He was just a great coach," Young recalled. "He was a player's coach. He wasn't a screamer or a yeller. He knew how to push the right buttons."

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