Chris Drury, Angela Ruggiero, Mathieu Schneider and Ron DeGregorio have been chosen for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The four will be inducted on Dec. 17 in Boston.
Drury won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. He scored 255 goals and had 615 points in 892 NHL games and won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1998-99. Drury, who played on three U.S. Olympic teams, won the Hobey Baker Award and played on a national championship team at Boston University. Drury’s early claim to fame was pitching Trumbull, Conn., to the Little League World Series title in 1989.
Ruggiero won four Olympic medals during her 15-year career with the U.S. women’s national team. She played in more games (256) for that team, played in 10 world champoinships and was the tournament’s top defenseman four times. Ruggiero played four years at Harvard, where she had 243 points in 127 games and was a four-time All-America. She also was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto this year.
Schneider, a defenseman, played 21 professional seasons and won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993. He played in 1,289 NHL games and 223 goals and 520 assists. Schneider played on two Olympic teams and helped the U.S. win the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.
DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey for the past 12 years, started the national team development program in 1996. He has been with USA Hockey for 40 years, and won the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in 2002.
The addition of four will bring the number of members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn., to 169.