2012 Inductees Announced

New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2012

The New Hampshire Legends of Hockey announces the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Inductees. The Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon is scheduled for Sunday October 28th the Grappone Convention Center in Concord.  Tickets will be available beginning September 1st to the general public.
 
The following seven individuals have established outstanding personal hockey histories.  Here are the newest members of the Hall of Fame by category:

COACH CATEGORY:
Dick Dodds of Hanover, NH;
Dodds played his high school hockey for the Marauders of Hanover.  During his playing days, Hanover lost in the State Championship game OT 4-3 in OT to Berlin High School his junior season.  He was elected captain for 1975-76 for his senior season.  He attended St. Lawrence University, playing freshman hockey and varsity his sophomore year.  After graduation he began his coaching career back at Hanover in 1980-81 as the junior varsity coach and just two seasons later was named Head Coach.  He has completed 30 seasons for the Marauders and won five state championships.  His first came in 1993 against Concord, a thrilling 3-2 double OT victory.  In '94 the victim was Manchester Central, in '03 it was Bishop Guertin, '05 Salem and in 2006 Berlin.  He ranks third All-Time with State Championship Titles only behind the legendary Barney Laroche of Notre Dame and Dunc Walsh of Concord. In addition, his teams played in the Championship Title game in '01 and '09.  His overall coaching record is 430-229-19 and ranks second in wins All-Time.  

Jim Tufts of Exeter, NH;
Tufts played his youth hockey in Exeter and then attended Phillips Exeter Academy where he played three years of varsity, playing his last two for legendary coach George Crowe.  Tufts attended UNH but focused on soccer, playing three years of varsity, but that's when he started coaching hockey in Exeter.  His first high school coaching experience was as an assistant for Winnacunnet for two seasons beginning in 1975. He was named the Head coach at Exeter High School in the fall of 1977 and has now completed 35 seasons guiding the Blue Hawks to one State Championship in Division 1 in the 1982-83 season, a 4-0 victory over Manchester West and two additional Division II State Championship Titles in 2001 and 2002, a 4-0 win over Oyster River and a 2-1 overtime win over Spaulding respectively. In addition, his teams have competed in two additional State Championship games, most recently against Concord High, losing, 1-0 in 2009-10 in DI and in DII against '98 against Winnacunnet.  Tufts was the first to achieve 400 victories and ranks #1 All-Time in wins in New Hampshire with 444.

MEDIA CATEGORY:
Jim Rivers of Contoocook, NH
Rivers began his hockey broadcasting career doing high school games in the fall of 1971 on Concord's WKXL radio, alongside Hall-of-Famer Dick Osborne.   In the early 70's the duo covered both Concord and Bishop Brady High Schools as well as the Concord Eastern Olympics of the New England Hockey league, often times doing a high school game in the afternoon and then racing to places like Braintree and Fitchburg, MA to cover the semi pro game at night.  When Osborne moved on to the UNH Hockey Network, Rivers paired with Harvey Smith and they remained the voice of the capital city hockey until three years ago when Smith retired.  The pair were the longest running continuous broadcast team in high school sports in the country, covering all sports on both radio and television.  In the fall, Rivers will be entering his 42nd season of broadcasting hockey in New Hampshire.  Rivers also served as the color commentator for the Manchester Monarchs, alongside Hall-of-Famer Ken Cail from 2002 through the 2009-10 season. He was instrumental in starting the NH High School Hockey website that is still in existence today.  He has won several Golden Mike and Associated Press Awards for his coverage and is a former NH Sportscaster of the Year.  Some of his career highlights include: working the U.S. Olympic hockey game in Manchester alongside Hall-of-Famer Bob Norton; broadcasting the last game ever played by Berlin's Notre Dame high school, a 3-2 State Championship victory over Manchester Memorial  on March 11, 1972; Bishop Brady's near miracle run to the state title in 1973 that included a stunning victory over Berlin in the semis followed by a last second overtime loss to  Hanover in the title game. He also had the opportunity to interview the legendary Douglas N. Everett, yet another highlight of his career.

PLAYER CATEGORY:
Peter Maher of Exeter, NH;
Maher grew up in Exeter and attended the "Learn to Skate" program at the age of five which was run by George Crowe.  During one of the Exeter Summer hockey Schools, Canterbury Head Coach Charlie recruited Maher away from Exeter to Canterbury School in CT.  Four seasons later in 1980-81 Maher had amassed 212 points (All-Time Leader) and 99 points in just 25 games and winning the DI Prep Championship and was named Athlete of the Year.  He joined the Maine Black Bears in 1981-82 and as a sophomore, Maher enjoyed several highlights including: Auld Lang Syne Tourney, collecting 5 points in the tournament including 2 goals and 1 assist against UNH, and two assists against VT; Earlier in his sophomore season, Maher was one of the tops in the nation for points per game before he went down with a concussion and ended with 11 goals and 16 assists; hat trick (HT) against U. of New Brunswick and Princeton.  Two more concussions sidelined him his junior year.  His senior year, the first for Hockey East, Maher scored the first ever goal for Maine in H.E. and ended the season with 10 while dishing out 17 assists including a HT against Northeastern.  From Maine to Denmark Maher took his talents for the 1985-86 season, playing in the Elite League for HIK.  Maher accepted the Carlsberg Award for the top scorer in Danish Elite League averaging over 2 points per game. First professional game I scored 4 goals vs Esbjerg.  After the season, Maher played in the Coup de Glace for Megeve, France.  He returned to the states playing for the Budmen Hockey Club the following season but returned to Herning, Denmark.  However, prior to the season, Maher played in Oslo, Norway in the Europa Cup. For Herning, he was leading scorer.  Maher returned to the states and played several more seasons with the Budmen.
 
Julie Sasner of Gloucester, MA;
Sasner was born and raised in Durham, NH and began skating at the age of 4 on her family's back yard pond. In the 4th grade the Oyster River Youth Association (ORYA) started a girls team and girls 9 to 18 played.  A few years later, they had a better schedule with more games and Julie stood out on the ice.  Former UNH Women’s Coach Russ McCurdy invited Julie’s line to play in a college tournament due to a cancellation of a MN team.  She was 14 and scored a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win.  Sasner attended Harvard and received the following recognition during her career: Ivy League Rookie of the Year; All-Ivy League 4 years; Ivy League Player of the Year her senior year; 3 time captain; team MVP 3 times and the first women’s ice hockey player inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame.  She scored 78 goals and assisted on another 55 for an at the time record of 133 points in 91 games.  In 1989 she was selected to the U.S. National Women’s team and in 1990 won the Silver Medal in the first International Ice hockey Federation World Championships.  Soon after she retired from competitive hockey she turned to coaching.  She began her career as an assistant for three sports, including hockey, at Harvard and ended her coaching career as the head coach for Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In between, Sasner coached Cornell University from 1993-1998, leading the 1996 team to an Ivy League Championship.  She coached in several USA Hockey short term events, including a Head Coaching assignment at the Pacific Rim Championships in 1996.  After starting the women’s program at Wisconsin, she was an Assistant for the U.S. National and Olympic teams in 2000, spending two years with the team in preparation for the 2002 Olympics.  That team included Legends Hall of Famers Tricia-Dunn Luoma, Katie King and Tara Mounsey.  Their record over the two years was 76-3-1 and culminated with a Silver Medal at Salt Lake City. 

Kathleen Twomey of Londonderry, NH;
Twomey took the ice at the age of two when her father strapped onto her boots two blades in the front and two in the back.  She upgraded to double runners at 3 and regular hockey skates at 4.  At 5 she joined the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association (MRYHA).  Later she played one season for the Manchester Flames “C” team then headed south to play for the Chelmsford Girls team.  They went to the Nationals in CA the first year and won the Nationals in DC the following year.  In year senior year at Trinity, she played for the Lady Monarchs, received an invitation to play in the Make A Wish game and was selected MVP for the NH team.  She then attended St.
Anselm and played 4 years for the Hawks, graduating in May of 2009. Twomey received the ECAC Rookie of the Year for 2005-2006 season and the ECAC Player of the Year for 2006-2007 season. She still holds the record at St. Anselm for goals with 75 and points with 124 averaging 1.22 points per game.  In all, she scored 25 power play goals, 3 shorthanded and 15 game winners.  Twomey also took up coaching two years ago coached the Cyclones U12 team and this past season the Cyclones U-14 B girls team.  In addition, she is co-coaching the Brady/Trinity girls club team which will go varsity in 2012-13.

Dicky Valliere (Died on March 25, 1998)
Valliere learned to skate on Frog Pond, at the end of Devens Street in Berlin along with his brothers and sisters.  He began organized hockey as a 6th grader playing for the Guardian Angel elementary school.  At the young age of 12, Dickie was afflicted with polio which permanently affected his knees, but he was determined not only to play, but to excel in hockey.  Valliere was a member of the Notre Dame varsity team for 4 seasons.  As a freshman the Dames won the State Championship before losing the New England Championship game.  The next 3 seasons Notre Dame won three more consecutive State Championships winning the NE Championship in 1957 with Valliere as their Co-Captain.  He was selected to the All-Tournament Team, having scored three goals and assisting on 3 more.  Valliere really got it going beginning in his sophomore season, averaging 29 goals a season and ending his career with 89 goals and 96 assists.  He played with the fabled Berlin Maroons Hockey Club beginning in 1959-60 and continued playing through 1968-69.  During his career with the Maroons, Valliere totaled 228 goals and 201 assists while helping them win two NEAHA Championships and two National AHA Championships.  Among many accolades, he was selected to the NE AHA All-Star team in 1961.

Team to be Recognized
Each year the Legends salute institutions and other local hockey programs and this year we recognize the Berlin High School Mountaineers and their long storied history.   This winter the Mountaineers will celebrate their eighty-third season of hockey.  Over the years they have won nine NHIAA State Championships as well as one New England Championship in 1966-67.

About the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey
Our organization's mission is to preserve New Hampshire's hockey history.  Our directors work to raise money to preserve donated artifacts and historical information which are on display throughout the state. In addition, many of these artifacts and images are available to view through our on-line museum.  We invite you to go to www.nhlegendsofhockey.com for more information about the Legends.
 

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