COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ESPN's Steve Levy will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Nov. 30 it was announced today.
The event features the formal induction of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016, including Bill Belisle (Manville, R.I.), Craig Janney (Hartford, Conn.) and the 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team. In addition, Mark Howe (Detroit, Mich.) and Pat Kelly (Charlotte, N.C.) will receive the NHL's Lester Patrick Trophy at the event.
Levy, one of ESPN's most dynamic and versatile personalities, recently played a key role in the network's coverage of the World Cup of Hockey 2016, including calling the play-by-play for all Team USA games.
He is widely known for his work as a preeminent anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter and his role as part of the network's Monday Night Football coverage.
Levy has also handled play-by-play for NHL hockey, college football and two NCAA Frozen Four tournaments. He is also known for calling the three longest televised NHL Playoff games in history: the five-overtime game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on ESPN (May 2000), the five-overtime meeting between Anaheim and Dallas on ESPN (April 2003) and the four-overtime contest between Pittsburgh and Washington on ESPN2 (April 1996).
Throughout his 23-year career with ESPN, Levy has also served as the studio host for ESPN's NHL telecasts and co-hosted The NFL on ESPN Radio.
This year marks the seventh consecutive for Levy as host of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.
Tickets for the induction ceremony and dinner are available exclusively online at USHockeyHallofFame.com and must be purchased in advance.
Notes: Philadelphia is hosting the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration for the first time. The event is part of the Philadelphia Flyers 50th anniversary season ... USA Hockey assumed responsibilities for the selection process and induction event associated with the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame 10 years ago and has shared the Induction Celebration with communities across America, including Grand Forks, North Dakota, Denver, Chicago, Buffalo, New York, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Detroit … The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame enshrined its first class in 1973. To date there are 169 honored members … The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minnesota, is open daily. For hours of operation and admission prices, visit USHockeyHallMuseum.com or call 800-443-7825.
March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.
This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.
“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”
The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.
Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.
“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.
“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.
“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”