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Thousands play the game of Dekhockey. It is a rare few, however, who make it to the elite status worthy of being inducted into the US DekHockey Federation’s Hall of Fame.
It is a high honor to be selected as a member of this world-class group of athletes, coaches, and organizers.
The USDHF board of directors receives an annual list of nominees. Coaches and league administrators submit the name(s) of their most valued candidates.
Each nominee is evaluated based on these four pillars: quality of play, contribution to the game, personal character and contribution to the community.
Since its inception the Hall of Fame Commencement Ceremony has been held at the Leominster Dekhockey Center.
Dave Kornik is one of the pioneers of Street Hockey in Leominster MA. Since 1971, Dave has played an important and unselfish role in the development of the sport from the street to the organized level played in rinks under official playing rules.
He has played many roles in bringing the sport to its current level. He has served on the Rules Committee for the Official Rule Book to the roles of Coach, General Manager, Tournament Official, Referee, and IDTA Administrator. Dave’s talents have added rule innovation and game strategy to the sport. His artistic talents live on through the logos and classic artwork he has created to personify the unique characteristics of the sport.
In 1976, Dave Kornik helped to form and coach the team that ultimately became recognized as the greatest team in the sport – The Leominster Rams. In their first year, the Rams won back to back championships in the US Nationals and the Internationals. Throughout the team’s history, Dave has played an important part as Coach or General manager, helping to guide the Rams to 12 National titles, 10 CanAm titles and7 International titles.
Dave Kornik has inspired many players to greatness as well as giving the younger players a goal to aspire to and players to inspire them.
The sport of Street Hockey was truly blessed to have had a person of Frank’s caliber and dedication to the game. He pioneered the sport in the Montreal suburbs of Point St. Charles in1971 by organizing teams and leagues at the local YMCA. His enthusiasm for the game developed this humble beginning into an area wide sport that ahs touched thousands of players since its inception. The Gymnasium in which he started now proudly bears his name and the Frank Napieracz Memorial Gymnasium was dedicated to his memory in June 0f 1999.
Frank organized the Montreal Flames into a competitive team that traveled to the Internationals for 21 straight years and the CanAm several times. He was the heart and soul of the Flames, a true team leader and a quality player. In his career, he won 12 Most Valuable Player Awards and 17 Most Valuable Defenseman Awards. At the tournament level, Frank was agreat player who commanded respect for his skills as well as his leadership. Frank Napieracz passed away on February 4, 1998, while playing Ball Hockey, the game he loved, in the gymnasium that now bears his name.
Ian Stevenson is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He organized and played for the Montreal Flames Team for 22 years. Though Stevenson was a fine player, it was his grass-roots organizational skills that helped get the sport up and running in his Montreal neighborhood of Point St. Charles that is his greatest contribution. He has led the street hockey program in his neighborhood for 36 years.
Bruce Murray, from Niagara Falls, Ontario, was one of the best defensemen the game has ever seen, winning several Most Valuable Defenseman Awards and playing on 20 Championship Tournament teams. Included on that list was the first ever International Championship team , the Griffins, in 1972. He was also on championship teams in 1973,1975,1980, and 1983. As a member of TVM, he won the first Maple Leaf Cup and was named an All-Star in the 1976 and 1979 Canada Cups. Finally, he was named Best Defenseman in the 1982 North American Championships in Newfoundland while playing for the Leominster Rams.
Joe was a gritty and tough player who was a perennial All-Star. He was a member of 20 Championship teams, and set what was then a record for most points in a tournament with 30 in 1974.
He was also a pioneer of the sport Niagara Falls as a founding owner of the Niagara Regional Dekhockey Center, leading many youth and men’s teams along the way.
Jean Guy Gagnon worked and pioneered products and game programs for Mylec and the American Street Hockey Institute (ASHI) in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Jean Guy was also a powerful player who commanded great respect on and off the rink. Jean Guy also formed and coached several great teams, including the Boucher Flyers and County Tool, winning national titles at the Cadet (ages 13-15), and Freshmen (ages 16-19) levels. At the men’s level he coached the Leominster Ram’s in the early 90’s. His leadership has been an inspiration and model for hundreds of players.
He may be best known for coaching the Wallace Wallopers junior team, as well as high school teams at Notre Dame Prep, Monty Tech, Leominster, North Middlesex and Gardner. He Also helped shape the game of Street hockey for over 20 years.