Former NHL coach and player Ron Wilson and longtime Boston University coach Jack Parker head a five-member class for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The class, announced by USA Hockey on Monday, also included longtime NHL player Scott Young, three-time Olympic women’s team coach Ben Smith and Kevin Collins, a retired NHL referee.
Wilson played seven seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Stars. A defenseman known for a blistering slap shot, he had 19 goals and 71 points in 113 NHL games. He also played parts of four seasons in Switzerland.
Yet Wilson enjoyed his most success behind the bench. He is the winningest American coach in NHL history, notching 648 regular-season victories in 18 seasons with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Maple Leafs.
Wilson’s teams reached the playoffs eight times, with the Washington Capitals winning the Eastern Conference in 1998 before falling to Detroit in the Stanley Cup Final.
Parker compiled an 894-474-115 record at Boston University in a career that started in 1973-74 and ended with his retirement in 2012-13. His 897 victories are third all-time and the most by a coach at one school.
Parker led the Terriers to three national championships, 11 conference titles and 21 Beanpot titles, an annual event that includes fellow Boston schools Harvard, Boston College and Northeastern.
Young, who played for Parker at BU, played 17 seasons with six different franchises, compiling 342 goals and 415 assists in 1,181 games and winning two Stanley Cups.
A first-round pick of the then-Hartford Whalers in 1986, Young went on to play for the Quebec/Colorado franchise as well as stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mighty Ducks, St. Louis Blues (twice) and Dallas Stars.
Smith guided the U.S. women’s team at three straight Olympiads, winning the country’s first goal medal in the sport at the 1998 Winter Games. An assistant coach to Parker, Smith also coached Team USA in 2002 and 2006, winning a silver and bronze medal, respectively.
Collins was a linesman for nearly 2,000 games in the NHL. He also was part of the officiating crew in 296 Stanley Cup playoff games, the most by an American official. He also was an official at the 1998 Olympics and appeared in two NHL All-Star games.
They will be honored at the 45th U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction dinner, which has yet to have a date announced.
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