A record number of people were present as the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) recently inducted its 15th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The inductees who were honored on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove were (pictured above from top left) Steve Drews, John Conenna, Don Granato (Tony Granato pictured), Tim Gabel, Kenny McCudden, Tim Stapleton, Randy Krawiec, Jim Friberg, Lynne Bournazos, Chuck Linkenheld, Rich Jecmen and Sylvain Turcotte.
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, due in large part, to the foundation laid down by these inductees, as well as their tireless dedication in making sure every individual who had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so.
The mission statement of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame is as follows: “To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois.”
Click HERE to learn more about the long hockey history each of these individuals has contributed to Illinois hockey.
On behalf of everyone involved in the game of hockey, we admire and thank each of the inductees into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019. They truly are in a class all their own!
*Photo courtesy of Photos by Sully