SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the four people selected for induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2007.
Honored by the AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee as the second group of enshrinees are Fred “Bun” Cook, Dick Gamble, Gil Mayer and Mike Nykoluk.
“The AHL Board of Governors has unanimously endorsed the selection committee’s recommendation for the induction of these four hockey legends into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame,” said David Andrews, AHL President and CEO. “All four inductees established standards of excellence during their AHL careers that have helped define our league’s great history, and we are honored to have them join our Hall of Fame.”
The Class of 2007 will be honored as part of the festivities at the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto. The induction ceremony will take place as part of the AHL All-Star Classic Luncheon on Monday, January 29.
In a unique effort to make the rich tradition of the AHL available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at www.ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as part of the AHL Internet Network. The Network also includes theahl.com, caldercup.com and all 27 official team sites, and hosts more than 240 million page views each year.
Now in its 71st season of play, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the fifth year in a row, more than 6.3 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2005-06.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME — CLASS OF 2007
Fred "Bun" Cook
Following a storied playing career in the National Hockey League that earned him an honored place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Fred “Bun” Cook carved a legacy in the American Hockey League as the most prolific coach ever to work an AHL bench… More
Discovered playing amateur hockey in his native Moncton, N.B., Dick Gamble became one of the most prolific scorers in American Hockey League history, as well as an all-star in the National Hockey League… More
A workhorse between the pipes despite his small size, few goaltenders in professional hockey had the success that Gil Mayer did in the American Hockey League… More
He wasn’t known for his goal-scoring ability, but as a talented playmaker, Mike Nykoluk turned out to be one of the most productive point-getters in the history of the American Hockey League… More