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BUFFALO (wgrz.com) - The United States Hockey Hall of Fame Inductions are Thursday night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.   Jeremy Roenick, Derian and Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads, and Art Berglund make up the Class of 2010.

Roenick is the headline member of this year's class.   After a brilliant high school career in Boston, MA, he was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 8th overall in the 1988 Entry Draft.   He played for the 1989 U.S. National Junior team before joining the Hawks at the age of 19.   During his pro career, he played for the Hawks, Coyotes, Flyers, Kings, and Sharks in 18 NHL seasons.  Roenick became the third U.S. born player to score 500 career goals.

"I had hoped that this would happen, not to say that this is a surprise to me but it's an honor and I think that's one thing that's really important, you hope, you cross your fingers and when it happens you're extremely honored," Roenick told the media before the induction ceremony.

He says the highlight of his career was winning a Silver Medal with the United States at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.   He also played for the U.S. at the '98 games in Nagano, Japan.

Roenick has served as a hockey analyst for NBC Sports.

The Hatcher brothers enter the Hall together.   Kevin played 17-years in the NHL.   The first ten he was with the Washington Capitals, and then the defenseman also suited up for Dallas, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers, and Carolina Hurricanes.   On the International stage, Hatcher helped the United States win the Canada Cup in 1996, and played for the U.S. at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.

Derian Hatcher celebrates his induction by returning to the arena where he hoisted the Stanley Cup as a member of the Dallas Stars in 1999.   The Stars beat the Sabres in six games that year and that night, Hatcher became the first U.S. born captain of a team to win the Cup.   He also played with Detroit, and Philadelphia during his NHL career.

Art Berglund has been connected to United States Hockey for more than 50-years.  His greatest contributions are recognized at the administrative level, where he was either manager or part of the staff for 30 United States International teams.

Dr. V. George Nagobads was born in Latvia, but built his legacy through USA Hockey.   He took a surgical residency at the University of Minnesota in 1952.   It was there that he met legendary Olympic coach Herb Brooks who was head coach for the Golden Gophers at the time.   He served as team physician for Minnesota for more than three decades.   He was also team physician for five U.S. Olympic teams including the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team that won Gold in Lake Placid.  Watch the video to hear Nagobads talk about his unique roll on the bench during Team USA's miracle win against the Soviet Union back in 1980.

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