Carpenter, Broten, Vanbiesbrouck and MacInnes to join U.S. Hall of Fame

The newest class of members that includes goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, forward Aaron Broten and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes was revealed Wednesday by USA Hockey. Induction ceremonies will be held in Grand Forks, N.D., on Oct. 13.

Carpenter became the first player to jump from high school to the NHL when he did it in 1981. He scored 50 goals in the 1984-85 season with Washington, and went on to a 19-year career in the NHL.

He reached the Stanley Cup final twice and was a member of the New Jersey Devils when they won the title in 1995. As an assistant coach with New Jersey, Carpenter also earned championship rings in 2000 and 2003.

Vanbiesbrouck, the winningest American-born goalkeeper, played 20 seasons in the NHL. He is also the longest-tenured American goalie in league history.

He won the Vezina Trophy in 1986 and was runner-up eight years later. He played in three all-star games and helped lead the Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup final in 1996, the Panthers’ third year of existence.

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“It’s really a humbling time to get something and be acknowledged like this,” Vanbiesbrouck said. “I think it’s defined by grace, because grace is defined by getting something you don’t deserve.”

Broten spent 12 years in the NHL after playing two years at Minnesota, where he still holds the single-season points record (106 in 1980-81). Broten competed at five world championships, two Canada Cups and one world junior championship.

His brother, Neal, is already in the Hall.

MacInnes, who died in 1983, led the Huskies to three national championships and was twice chosen as NCAA Coach of the Year.

He played two seasons at Michigan and spent three years in the Detroit Red Wings system in the late 1940s. He directed an amateur hockey league in Ann Arbor, Mich., before coaching at Michigan Tech.

“I had given up that this would ever happen,” said his widow, Jerry MacInnes. “Now that it has, my family and I are very pleased that this honour has been given to John.”