This year’s class will be inducted into the Hall _ founded in 1973 _ on Oct. 21 in Buffalo, N.Y. There are already 143 members who have been honored for their contributions to hockey in the United States.
“These five individuals represent the very best of our sport in many different facets and their contributions have been truly extraordinary,” USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio said in a statement.
The Hatchers are the second set of brothers to be inducted in the same year, joining Scott and Mark Fusco who went in together in 2002.
“I was quite excited,” Derian Hatcher said in a statement. “I got the call about 10 days ago. At the time they didn’t tell me who else was inducted. Then I was talking to my brother and he had mentioned that he was inducted, too.”
The nine-time All-Star is the third-highest American-born goal scorer in the NHL and the only player in league history to lead his team in goals, assists, and penalty minutes in two seasons.
In 154 playoff games, Roenick had 53 goals and 69 assists. He reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1992 with Chicago.
Derian Hatcher played 16 NHL seasons after being chosen with the eighth pick in the 1990 draft. He recorded 80 goals and 251 assists in 1,045 games _ mostly with the Minnesota/Dallas Stars. Hatcher also had stints with Detroit and Philadelphia, and was a member of the U.S. team that won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
Kevin Hatcher scored 34 goals and 79 points during the 1992-93 season, becoming just the seventh NHL defenseman to net at least 30 goals. He represented the United States at the 1984 world juniors, the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
“Both of us being inducted together will be more exciting and special for me,” Derian Hatcher said. “I believe we will be the first pair of U.S. brothers who both played 1,000 games in the NHL. Throughout the course of our careers we played on a few teams together and now we are doing this together. It will be fun and we are looking forward to it.”