July 28, 2009

Zamboni to enter U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

The inventor of the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine is among inductees announced Tuesday to be enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Frank Zamboni will be in the Hall of Fame 2009 class that includes NHL stars Tom Barrasso, John LeClair and Tony Amonte and the 1988 U.S. Olympic women's hockey team, USA Hockey said in a release.

Zamboni, who died in 1988, is already a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association Hall of Fame, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his development of the self-propelled machine that resurfaces ice and bears his name.

Barrasso won 369 regular-season games over 19 years as an NHL goalie. LeClair was the first American-born player to have three consecutive 50-goal seasons. Amonte amassed 900 points over a 15-season NHL career.

The U.S. women's hockey teams went 6-0-0 in the 1998 Winter Olympics. The Americans beat the powerful Canadian team twice, including 3-1 in the gold medal game.