Oct. 15, 2012
DALLAS, Texas -
Former Providence College student-athlete, hockey coach, athletics director and current New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager, Lou Lamoriello was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday evening in a ceremony that was held at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium.
Lamoriello was joined in the 40th U.S. Hall of Fame class by former Dallas Stars player Mike Modano and former player/current television analyst Ed Olczyk. Steve Levy, longtime ESPN SportsCenter anchor and hockey broadcaster, served as master of ceremonies.
For Lamoriello, who was inducted into the Builders category of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2009, it marked his second hall of fame honor in three years. As a coach, Lamoriello `63 has more wins than any other hockey coach at Providence College. He did just about everything after his arrival at PC as a student in 1959. As a student-athlete, he played both hockey and baseball. He still ranks 33rd on the PC scoring list with 58 goals and 60 assists for 118 points in 64 career games.
Following graduation, Lamoriello served as assistant coach to Zellio Toppazzini and became head coach in 1968. In his 15 seasons as head coach, the Providence native racked up 248 wins and saw 11 of his 15 teams qualify for post-season play with teams in 1978, 1981 and 1983 advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Lamoriello’s final team, the 1982-83 squad, quite possibly the greatest in PC history, went 33-10-0 and finished third in the NCAA’s. Following that season, the popular coach stepped down to take over as athletics director on a full-time basis after assuming that role in July, 1982. He went on to become the driving force in forming the Hockey East Association and served as the league’s first director from 1984-87. He was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1982.
In June of 1987, Lamoriello stepped down as PC’s Athletics Director and Hockey East’s director to become the President and General Manager of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, where he has led them to three Stanley Cup titles (1995, 2000 and 2003). In addition, Lamoriello guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.
Recent Lamoriello articles:
Lamoriello induction in U.S. Hall long overdue (Providence Journal)
Lamoriello's team-first creed turned NJ into winners (NHL.com)
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