Former BC star Janney to be inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former BC standout Craig Janney (1985-87) is part of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016 as announced by USA Hockey live on NHL Network, joining Normand "Bill" Belisle and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Team.
The date and location of the 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, which will include the formal induction of the Class of 2016 as well as the presentation of the Lester Patrick Trophy, will be revealed later this month.
Janney becomes the sixth Eagle to earn the distinction, joining Bill Guerin (Class of 2013), Brian Leetch (Class of 2008), John Cuniff (Class of 2003), Len Ceglarski (Class of 1992) and John A. "Snooks" Kelley (Class of 1974) as former Eagles inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Enfield, Connecticut, native had a decorated two-year stay at Boston College before going on to a 12-year career (1987-1999) in the National Hockey League. At The Heights, Janney played in 71 games over the course of the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons, accruing 110 points (41-69-110) under head coach Len Ceglarski. While an Eagle, BC put together a record of 57-23-3, while winning the Hockey East Tournament in his freshman season. In his second season Janney garnered All-America first-team honors, along with being named All-Hockey East first-team, Hockey East Tournament-All-Tournament, All-New England and earned the John A. Tiernan Memorial Award.
Janney's illustrious pro career started with the hometown Boston Bruins in 1987. The 6-foot-1 center was drafted 13th overall by Boston in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Janney appeared in two Stanley Cup finals with the Bruins in the 1987-88 and 1989-90 campaigns.
Over the course of 12 seasons, Janney skated with six professional clubs, including Boston (1987-92), St. Louis (1991-1995), San Jose (1994-95), Winnipeg/Phoenix (1995-98), Tampa Bay and New York Islanders (1998-1999).
Janney played in 760 career NHL games, totaling 751 points with 188 goals and 563 assists. He was a an all-star selection during the 1990-91 season and scored a game-winning overtime goal in the 1993-94 Stanley Cup playoffs while playing with the Blues to clinch the Norris Division Semi-Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The former Eagle was also an Olympian, representing the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, tallying six points in five contests.
NOTES: U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are chosen on the basis of extraordinary contribution to the sport of hockey in the United States … The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was incorporated in 1969 and inducted its first class in 1973. To date, there are 169 enshrined members in the Hall ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is located in Eveleth, Minnesota