Legends to induct 6 into 2019 Hall of Fame Class
NH Legends of Hockey to induct six into Hall of Fame
The New Hampshire Legends of Hockey is pleased to announce six inductees for its 2019 Hall of Fame class, who will be formally enshrined during a ceremony on October 20, 2019. The ceremony will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord beginning with an 11:30 am Social Hour.
The Hall of Fame Induction luncheon tickets will be available to the general public on September 1st, please contact Executive Director Jim Hayes at email@example.com or 603-731-4168.
Denis Martin, Freddy Meyer and Deron Quint are being inducted as players; longtime New England College bench boss Tom Carroll is being inducted as a coach; Rod Ross is being inducted in the media category; and the late Downing Potter “DP” Brown is being inducted posthumously as a builder.
In addition, the hockey history of the Alpine Club who competed in the Granite State Hockey League in the early to mid 60’s will be recognized.
Here is a closer look at the six inductees:
DP Brown: A son of the founder of the Brown Company, which ran the largest paper mill in the country in the early part of the 20th century in Berlin, Brown and his family business became one of the first corporations to sponsor/build organized hockey. The founding of the Berlin Athletic Association hockey team in 1921 was followed by the creation of a mill league, city teams and a team at Berlin High School. The success of those endeavors led to the 1937 inception of the Berlin Maroons, who went on to become one of the premier amateur teams in the country.
Tom Carroll: Carroll recently concluded his 16th season as the head coach at New England College in Henniker, continuing to add to his reputation as one of the more successful Division 3 coaches in the region. In 16 seasons, he has compiled a record of 225-165-38, including 16 trips to the NEHC postseason, five trips to the conference championship game, and an NCAA Tournament bid and trip to the Division 3 Frozen Four in 2005, when he was named runner-up for the AHCA National Coach of the Year award.
Denis Martin: A forward, Martin was a member of state champion Berlin High School teams as a junior and senior in the mid-1970s. He went on to play four seasons at Providence College for legendary coach Lou Lamoriello, playing 130 games and producing 35 goals and 91 points, and getting named an East All-Star. He played professional for five years in Europe, in the French National B League, where he was the team’s leading scorer and second-leading scorer in the league. Following his pro playing days, he returned to the States and entered the construction field.
Freddy Meyer: A Sanbornville native, Meyer rose to stardom at Boston University, where he was a puck-moving defenseman who collected 17 goals and 72 points during four seasons. A member of the Philadelphia Phantoms’ Calder Cup-winning team in 2004-05, he went on to play parts of seven seasons in the NHL with the Flyers, Islanders, Coyotes and Thrashers. After retiring as a player, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Manchester Monarchs, and currently coaches the East Coast Wizards of the Eastern Hockey League.
Deron Quint: A Durham native who grew up playing for the Seacoast Spartans, Quint forged a professional career that spanned 20 years and saw stints with six NHL teams: the Jets, Coytes, Devils, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Islanders. Drafted by Winnipeg with the 30th overall pick in the 1994 NHL draft, he made his NHL debut a year later. In 463 career NHL games he produced 46 goals and 143 points, and holds the distinction of being the last active player to have skated for the original Winnipeg Jets. He concluded his career by playing for a decade in Europe, largely with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL, before retiring in 2017.
Rod Ross: Ross never played hockey — opting for football, basketball and baseball while attending Berlin High School — but his love for the sport would help shape a 43-year career in radio broadcasting, most notably for Berlin High School and Notre Dame teams, and the Berlin Maroons on WBRL. It was a career that was born while he was home for the summer one year from Plymouth State College, helping out his father, Charley, a radio announcer in Berlin. Rod Ross moved to WBRL in 1964 and estimated he broadcasted nearly 2,000 games. He moved to Florida with his wife, Debbie, in 2003.