Vanbiesbrouck among four to enter U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday
Detroit native John Vanbiesbrouck now has a new title that will forever go before his name -- Hall of Famer.
The 1986 Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday night as the NHL's winningest American-born netminder.
"One statistic you don't know is that I had almost an equal number of losses," the former Rangers star said. "That meant for a lot of cold, dark rides in New York City. It's in those times that you grow, gain courage and ask the deepest questions."
Vanbiesbrouck played for the Panthers, Flyers, Islanders, Devils and Rangers and amassed a 374-346-119 record during his professional hockey career.
Also honored with Vanbiesbrouck were late Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes and former NHL stars Aaron Broten and Bobby Carpenter.
Carpenter was the first player to go directly from a U.S. high school to the NHL. He later became the first American to score 50 goals in a season, doing it in the 1984-85 campaign for the Washington Capitals. He had an 18-year NHL career as a player, ranking third among American-developed players in games played.
Broten played 12 years in the NHL after setting a University of Minnesota record for points in a season with 106.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is in Eveleth, Minn.