NH Legends of Hockey to Induct Seven

Manchester, NH

New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2014

For the past twelve years, the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey (Legends) has recognized various individuals for their outstanding contributions to the sport of ice hockey.  In addition, each year the Legends has recognized a New Hampshire institution or organization for their outstanding hockey accomplishments.

Today, the Legends are proud to announce the Inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Please welcome the newest members of the Hall of Fame, listed by category.  Player Category:  Mark Evans of Brentwood, NH; Steve Murphy of Penacook, NH and Steve Shirreffs of Hoboken, NJ.  Coaches Category:  Bruce Crowder of Nashua, NH; Bill Dennehy of Exeter, NH; Rick Middleton of  Hampton, NH and Bruce Parker of Standish ME.

In above photo are all Hall of Famers who attended the 2013 Induction Ceremony, Front Row left to right: Leo Gould; Steve Arndt; Ken Cail; Jim Rivers; Ken McKinnon; Dede Villeneuve; Jim Tufts; Peter Maher; Dick Dodds.  Back Row left to right: Omer Morin; Lee Blossom; Dick Boucher; Ryan Brandt; Mark Stuckey; (Roger Dignard); Harvey L. Smith; Merrill Fay; Dick Bradley; Roland Lavigne; (Bill Rice and Chris Rice); Tara Mounsey; Bob Norton; Pierre Belanger; Dick Roy and John Normand.  Missing from Photo:  Andre Prefontaine; Brian Stone and Dunc Walsh

At this year's Induction Ceremony, the Legends will also recognize the Hanover High School Marauders Boys' and Girls' hockey programs. 

The 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, October 26th at the Grappone Convention Center in Concord.  Tickets will be available to the general public, beginning September 1st.

Mark Evans of Brentwood, NH

Mark began playing hockey at age 11, following in the footsteps of his goaltending father and older brother.  He quickly earned the nickname "Ironman", while playing on multiple teams in a single season all while excelling against players his own age and older. When his Dad retired to Freedom, NH, in 1969, Mark enrolled as a freshman at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro and under the tutelage of Head Coach Paul "Pop" Whalen (Legends HOF).  When Brewster eliminated all varsity sports in 1970, Whalen left for Berwick Academy, in Berwick, ME and Evans followed.  Battling PG's (post-graduates) for the next three years, Mark earned his starts and became the starting goaltender, leading his team to a Prep School title, as well as a Northeast Junior "A" Championship.  One of Mark's most notable team mates was 1980 Olympian, Mike Eruzione.  Following his graduation from Berwick, Evans attended the University of New Hampshire and made the Wildcats as a "walk-on", joining fellow freshman recruits John Fontas, Gary Burns, Bruce Crowder, Bobby Miller, Frank Roy (Legends HOF), Cecil Luckern, John Corriveau, Bob Blood, along with other notable upperclassmen Cap Raeder and Rod Langway. He played for the legendary Charlie Holt (Legends HOF) from 1974-78. During Evans' UNH career he played a total of 53 regular season games.  As a senior, and after losing an overtime play-off battle to eventual National Champion, Boston University, Mark received two awards at the annual team break-up banquet. The Most Improved Player Award (shared with Sean Coady) and the prestigious Roger A. LeClerc MVP Award.  The MVP award is voted by both the players and coaches, annually. Going from "walk-on" to Most Valuable Player, had not happened before at UNH and was quite an achievement. After graduation and NHL tryouts with Boston and Detroit, Evans played in 22 games for the New Hampshire Freedoms, coached by John Cunniff, based initially in Manchester, before moving their home games to the Cape Cod Coliseum in Yarmouth, MA. Evans later played in the East Coast League for the Erie Blades and Richmond Rifles, before coming back and playing games for the Manchester Blackhawks. He finished his professional career in 1982-83, playing in Jaca, Spain for Club Hielo Jaca in the 6 team, Spanish National League. Since ending his professional playing career, Evans has been the Varsity Hockey Goaltending Coach at Phillips Exeter Academy under Head Coach Dana Barbin (Legends HOF) since 1999.

Steve Murphy of Penacook, NH

Steve played his high school hockey in Malden, Massachusetts.  He was selected Captain his senior year at Malden High School and finished the season as the team's leading scorer.  Upon graduation in 1958, Steve attended a post-graduate year at New Prep, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The following year in 1959-60 he attended St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  As a freshman at St. Francis Xavier, Steve was brought up to the varsity and was the first American ever to letter in hockey at St.FX.  Steve returned to Massachusetts and began the 1964-65 season in the Massachusetts Amateur Hockey league.  During 1965-66 season, he also began playing for the Concord Shamrocks in the Granite State Hockey League.  The following season, Steve played full-time for the Concord Coachmen and eventually for the Concord Eastern Olympics from the 1967-68 season through their 1971-72 campaign.   Over five seasons and 200 New England Hockey League games, Steve tallied 112 goals-155 assists-267 total points.  He ranks fifth All-Time in scoring for the Olympics.  An NEHL All-Star, Murphy holds the record for most assists in a game (6) and most goals in one game (4).  Steve returned to Canada and played the 1972-73 season for the Antigonish Bulldogs, in the intermediate "A" provincial playoffs.   In 1973-74, Steve returned to New Hampshire and played for the Manchester Monarchs in the Can-Am League, and in 1979-80 play with the Concord Budmen in the NEHL.  He played in Capital City Hockey League (a checking league) into his mid-fifties and upon retirement, was immediately elected into the CCHL Hall of Fame.  In addition to his playing career, Steve served as an Assistant Coach at St. Paul's School with Head Coach and former Rector, Bill Matthews (Legends HOF).  Steve was a high school teacher and Head Coach of the varsity hockey team for 5 years at Marian High School, in Framingham, Massachusetts.  He had a coaching record of 76-20-2 and his team won the 1976-77 Catholic Central League Championship.  He later served as Head Coach for 3 separate travel teams in the Concord Youth Hockey Association, winning the NH State Championship at the Squirt II ( 1993), Squirt I (1994) and PeeWee I (1996) levels.   Steve served as Head Coach at Bishop Brady High School for the 1991-92 through 1993-94 seasons.

Steve Shirreffs of Hoboken, NJ

Steve's three- year career at Hanover High School (1992-94) was legendary, leading the Marauders to two state titles.  In the 1993 State Championship game, Steve made the play that saved the Marauders from defeat and sent the game into overtime.  Hanover won the game in OT, and that victory, quarterbacked by Shirreffs propelled the Marauders program to 5 state titles over the next twelve years.  He was a First Team All-State his senior year, scoring an astounding 41 points.  Steve was named by Hockey Night in Boston as the top New Hampshire defenseman.    Over his three year high school career, Steve was an astonishing plus 195.  He attended Hotchkiss for one post-graduate season, where the team won the NE Prep School Championship.  He was selected as a First Team NE Prep All-Star and was also drafted by the Calgary Flames.  He attended Princeton University, where he developed into one of the top defenseman in the NCAA.  Steve was voted to the NCAA All-American Team in 1998.  He was First Team All-ECAC in 1998, Second Team All-ECAC in 1999, and First Team All-Ivy in 1998 and 1999.   Steve was the second highest scoring defenseman in the nation in his junior year and, in his senior year was on his way to eclipsing that mark when an injury forced him to miss several games.  His Princeton Tigers were ECAC contenders in each of his seasons and won the ECAC crown in 1998.  In 1999, Steve won the prestigious 1941 Championship Trophy Award, given annually to the Princeton Player who exemplifies the spirit of Princeton's 1941 team, which won the NCAA Championship.  Steve ranks 5th All-Time at Princeton in scoring for defensemen with 16 goals-48 assists-64 points.  While at Princeton, Steve's rights were traded from Calgary to the Washington Capitals.  Steve began his pro career in the fall of 1999 with the Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, where he played in 44 games.  He finished that season with the Hampton Roads Admirals.  Steve began the 2000-01 season playing in 42 games for Karpat of the Finnish Elite League.  He finished that season playing for Portland in the Calder Cup playoffs.  In 2001-02, he split time between the Cleveland Barons (AHL) and the Reading Royals (ECHL) scoring 10-24-34 in 66 games.  He finished his professional career playing two more years in the Finnish Elite League playing for Assat playing in 43 games in 2002-03 and 40 more in 2003-04.

Bruce Crowder of Nashua, NH

Crowder began his coaching career in 1986 as the Assistant Coach at the University of Maine under Shawn Walsh.  In 1990, Crowder was hired as Head Coach at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.  During his 5 year tenure at UMass-Lowell, Crowder won the Hockey East Coach of the Year in 1994 and again in 1996.  He won the Spencer Penrose Award as the NCAA National Coach of the Year in 1996, and his teams made two NCAA appearances. In 1996-97, Crowder took over as the Head Coach at Northeastern University.  Crowder coached the Huskies for 9 seasons, winning the Hockey East Coach of the Year for a third time in 1998.  After his collegiate coaching career ended, Crowder served as the Assistant Coach for the Portland Pirates in the AHL, who were affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks.  Crowder spent 2 seasons with the Pirates, coaching many of the players who went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks.  Bruce earned a Stanley Cup ring along the way and at the conclusion of the 2007 season, left the coaching profession.  Over the past twenty-four years, Bruce has assisted numerous youth and high school organizations in Southern NH, frequently holding clinics or practices for local teams.  Both of his sons played for Bishop Guertin, winning the NHIAA State Championship in 2001. Before entering the coaching ranks, Crowder was a standout player for the UNH Wildcats where he was coached by the Legendary Charlie Holt (Legends HOF).  During his four years at UNH, Crowder never missed a game playing in over 135 games, scoring 47 goals-86 assists-133 points.  In 1977, while at UNH, Crowder was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Amateur Draft and by the Calgary Cowboys in the World Hockey Association Amateur Draft.  After completing his four years at UNH, he played 6 years of professional hockey, playing over 130 games in the AHL and 240 games in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Bruce ended his four-year NHL career scoring 47 goals and 51 assists for a total of 98 points.

Bill Dennehy of Exeter, NH

Bill has coached and taught at Phillips Exeter Academy for more than forty years, coaching over 1700 games in a variety of sports, including hockey, soccer and baseball.  Overall, his varsity hockey teams won 616 games of the 1122 played.  His PEA baseball teams went 416-298, winning 4 Central New England Championships.  Bill's PEA varsity hockey team appeared in two New England Prep School Championship games, winning the title in 1999.  Under Bill's leadership, PEA played in 6 semi-finals and eleven quarterfinal play-off games.  Bill began his coaching career at Phillips Exeter Academy as the JV Coach PEA for the 1972-73 season.  In 1975-76 Bill took over the head coaching duties at PEA, following the departure of his mentor, George Crowe (Legends HOF).  Bill continued to serve as Head Coach at PEA for the next 22 years.  Prior to the 1991-92 season, Bill named Dana Barbin (Legends HOF) as his co-coach, a coaching duo that continued through the 1995-96 season.  The following year, 1996-97, Barbin became Head Coach, with Bill serving as Associate Head Coach from that point forward.  During the 1993-94 season, PEA went 21 and 6.  In 1997-98, PEA went 30-3-0 and were Prep School Champions.  In 2008-09, PEA went 28-5-2, before losing in the finals Prep School Championships.  Fourteen of Bills players were eventually drafted by NHL teams, three of them NH natives --, Brian Larouchelle (Manchester), Russell Bartlett (Windham), and Geoff Koch (Exeter).  Some of Bill's other  notable players include: Greg Boucher (Yale); Scott Borek (Dartmouth); Mike Morrison (U-Maine - NCAA National Championship); Josh Prudden, Ed Caron, Matt Carney (UNH); Tom Cavanaugh (Harvard then the San Jose Sharks); Colin Sheen (BU), Mark Goggins (Dartmouth), and Pat Dennehy (Dartmouth).  However, Bill's most famous student athlete was probably Durham's Sam Fuld, who played baseball at PEA for 4 years, went on to Stanford (where he was a two-time All-American), and still holds the College World Series record for most all-time hits in the series.  After playing with the Tampa Bay Rays for several seasons, Sam signed this winter with the Oakland A's.

Rick Middleton of Hampton, NH

Most people remember Middleton for his playing days, as a star forward for the Boston Bruins.  However, what Rick did for the sport of sled hockey in the US was nothing short of remarkable.  Back in 2001, the US sled hockey team was in disarray.  Heading into the 2002 Paralympic winter games in Salt Lake City, the US team ranked last among all participating countries and had won just 1 game in Paralympic hockey history.  Rick was one of several candidates interviewed to coach the team and was ultimately selected for the position.  Through passion and knowledge of the game and coaching ability, Rick was able to take those individual players and build a winning team, leading them to the 2002 Gold Medal via a thrilling shootout finish against a heavily-favored Norway.  USA Hockey named Middleton Coach of the Year and his team won the Bob Johnson Award, also from USA Hockey.   Middleton's accomplishment at the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City has made a long-lasting impact on the sport of sled hockey in the United States.  The international recognition for the US sled hockey program spurned an increased awareness of the sport.  Almost overnight, sled hockey youth development programs began sprouting up across the country, creating excitement with new players being introduced to this sport inspired much by what happened in Salt Lake in 2002.  The result is the United States has become a powerhouse in the sport of sled hockey worldwide. Since Salt Lake City, the U.S. won Bronze in Tornio, Italy in 2006; Gold in Vancouver in 2010, (no goals allowed in the tournament), and in Sochi Russia last February, won Gold again.  Before participating in the 2002 "Miracle at Salt Lake City," Middleton had a stellar NHL career, spanning 14 seasons being named co-captain (with Ray Bourque) to succeed Terry O'Reilly in 1985, a position he held until he retired, wearing the "C" during home games.  His best season was the 1981-82, which Middleton scored a career high 51 goals, won the Lady Byng Trophy for excellence and sportsmanship, and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team. His 105 points in the 1983-84 season tied Ken Hodge's team record for most points scored in a season by a right winger, and remains unbroken.  Middleton played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1981, 1982 and 1984 and played for Team Canada in 1981 and 1984.  He retired from the NHL with 448 goals-540 assists- 988 points in 1005 games, and added another 100 points in 114 playoff games.

Bruce Parker of Standish, ME

Parker began his coaching path in the North Country, coaching six seasons at Berlin High School from 1963-64 through 1968-69.  While at Berlin, the Mountaineers were NHIAA State Champions in 1963-64, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, and again in 1968-69.  As the top assistant his first four years, initially with former BU goaltender Dick Bradley (Legends HOF) Parker was responsible for coaching the forwards and the defensemen.  Berlin lost to Notre Dame in the Championship game in 1964-65. In 1966-67 Berlin was crowned the New England Champions.  He was head coach with Albie Brodeur (Legends HOF) as his top assistant in 1967-68 and 1968-69 and the Mountaineers record was 34-15-1.  They secured two more NHIAA State Championships and were New England Runner-up both years. Following his stint in Berlin, Parker spent 5 seasons at Acton - Boxborough (MA) Regional High School, where his 1973-74 team accomplished a "Perfect Season", winning the Mass State Division II Championship.  Parker's Acton teams qualified for the State Tourney in the last four of his five seasons as head coach.   He went to coach four seasons at Methuen (MA) High School from 1974 through 1978. Thereafter, Parker took the helm at Merrimack College for 5 seasons, from 1978 through 1983, winning the ECAC Division II Championship in the 1979-80 season.  Merrimack qualified for the ECAC Division II Tournament the first four seasons and participated in the NCAA Division II Tournament in both the 1979-80 and 1981-82 seasons.  Over those years, several of Parker's Merrimack players were selected as Division II All-Americans.  His overall coaching record at Merrimack was 100-76-6, all while playing a third of their schedule against DI schools.    Parker next coached 6 seasons at Montclair (NJ) High School from 1983-84 through 1988-89, winning back-to-back State Championships in 1987-88 and 1988-89.  His Montclair teams qualified for the State Tournament in each of his 6 seasons as Head Coach.  Parker then coached 2 seasons at Bourne (MA) High School from 1989-90 to 1990-91. Bourne qualified for the State Tournament in both seasons and became the Eastern Mass Division III Champions in 1989-90.  Parker also coached  8 seasons at Framingham (MA) High School from 1991-92 until 1998-99.  Parker's Framingham teams qualified for the State Tournament in all 8 seasons, winning the Mass State Division I Championship in 1991-92.   Parker returned to Montclair for the 1999-00 season, where he coached for 8 more years, qualifying for the State Tournament in all 8 seasons.  Following a 3-year hiatus, Parker coached 3 seasons at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, NJ from 2010-11 until 2012-13, qualifying for the State Tournament in all three years.  Parker too, played some pretty good hockey in his day.   He didn't start playing organized hockey until he entered Bowdoin College in 1959.   While a senior at Bowdoin, his partner on defense was former Head Coach and Rector at St. Paul's School, Bill Matthews (Legends HOF).  Parker held the Bowdoin record for most goals (15) by a defenseman in a season for a number of years.  After college, Parker played 6 seasons with the Berlin Maroons from 1963 to 1969, while his partner on defense was Carl Langlais (Legends HOF).  The Maroons were National AHA Champions in 2 of those seasons, 1966-67 and again in 1967-68.   Parker played 5 seasons for the Concord Eastern Olympics from 1969-70 until 1973-74.  They were playoff champions in 1969-70, besting the Nashua Maple Leafs and Parker was selected as MVP.  After the league suspended play at the end of the 1973-74 season, Parker went on to play for the Concord Budmen for several more years. 

The Honorary Team for 2014:

Hanover High School

Hanover High School's Boys' Hockey team played its first season in 1933.  Since then, the Hanover Boys have become a cornerstone of Division I High School Hockey, competing in fifteen NHIAA State Championships while winning 8 Division I Championship titles.

The Hanover Girls first began play in 1987.  In their twenty-eight year history, the Hanover Girls have won the NHIAA Championship 7 times. 

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