SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Noel Price, Tim Tookey and the late Steve Kraftcheck have been selected for induction into the AHL Hall of Fame.
“All three gentlemen helped define our league’s great history through their standards of excellence during their AHL careers and we are privileged to have them join the very select group of honoured members of the AHL Hall of Fame,” league president David Andrews stated in a news release Thursday.
Price, 71 now, was born in Brockville, Ont. He was named best AHL defenceman three times and was on Calder Cup-champion teams in Springfield, Mass., in 1960 and 1961 and in Halifax in 1972 and 1976.
He played 751 AHL games and also appeared in 499 NHL games with Toronto, the New York Rangers, Detroit, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Tookey, born in Edmonton and now 47, was the fourth-leading scorer in AHL history with 974 points (621-353) when he retired after the 1995 playoffs. He played for five teams including the Fredericton Express in the early 1980s. Although he never won a Calder Cup, his AHL post-season numbers were exceptional as well with 82 points in 78 games.
Tookey also appeared in 106 NHL games with Washington, Quebec, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Kraftcheck joined the Cleveland Barons in 1949 and embarked on an AHL career that saw him become a perennial all-star.
He also appeared in 157 NHL games with Boston, the Rangers and Toronto. After a stint with the Rangers, he was reacquired by the Barons in 1953 as part of a deal that sent goaltender Johnny Bower to New York. Kraftcheck helped Cleveland win the Calder Cup in 1954 and in 1957.
He retired in 1964 as the AHL’s all-time leading scorer among defencemen with 453 points, and his record stood for more than 40 years.
A native of Tinturn, Ont., Kraftcheck passed away in 1997 at the age of 68.
The three will be honoured at a Jan. 28 luncheon during the annual all-star festivities, which will take place this year in Binghamton, N.Y. The AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at www.ahlhalloffame.com.