A year after closing, U.S. hockey hall plans to reopen

Updated: May 12, 2007, 11:00 AM ET
Associated Press

EVELETH, Minn. -- A year after it closed, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame will reopen under a new name in Eveleth, under a cooperative agreement between USA Hockey and the Hall.

Under the agreement announced Friday, the Hall will change its name to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, Inc. Plans call for reopening the museum in late May or early June.

USA Hockey will take over the selection process and induction event for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. USA Hockey also will take responsibility for the Gretzky Award, which recognizes an international citizen who's made a significant contribution to American hockey.

The museum will retain the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game and its proceeds.

The Hall's current directors were replaced Friday by eight new directors who were elected to govern the museum.

After years of struggling financially, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame closed last May. There was talk of relocating the Hall from Eveleth, on northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range, to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul -- home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild -- or the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Since its founding in 1973, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has enshrined 130 individuals.

USA Hockey plans a fall induction cememony for a Class of 2007. That class will be selected by the current selection committee, chaired by John Mayasich. The site and date for the induction ceremony has yet to be determined.

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