Legends to Induct Seven – Three with Berlin ties
The New Hampshire Legends of Hockey is pleased to announce seven inductees for its 2017 Hall of Fame class.
On Sunday October 22, 2017, the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey will enshrine the following: the late Maurice Couture, Jim Griffin, Roger Letourneau, the late Wayne Pecknold and the late George Thurston are being inducted as players; Howell P. Campbell is being inducted posthumously as a coach; and Clarence T. Lessard is being inducted posthumously as a builder.
The Class of 2017 will be formally inducted during a luncheon ceremony at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on and the festivities begin with the social hour at 11:30 a.m., and Master of Ceremonies Bob Norton will kick off the induction and celebration at 12:30 p.m. The program includes Dennis "Red" Gendron, a Berlin native who twice had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup with the NJ Devils, as the keynote speaker. Gendron is a New England College alum of 1979, Legends Hall of Fame Class of 2007, and entering his fifth season as head coach at the University of Maine.
Here is a brief look at the three North Country inductees:
Jim Griffin. A standout youth player growing up in Berlin, Griffin went on to play for two years at New England College where he was the leading scorer as a sophomore before transferring to Plattsburgh. As a junior, he amassed 33 points as Plattsburgh reached the NCAA Division 2 championship game. As a senior, he recorded 24 goals and 32 assists and again the Cardinals were runners-up to the national champions in Division II. He was named ECAC West Division 2 playoff MVP that year and finished with 60 goals and 94 assists in 117 college games.
Clarence Lessard. A successful businessman, Lessard provided integral moral and financial support to the Berlin Maroons until his death in 1971, and was heavily vested in other aspects of hockey in town. He served as a director of the Berlin Athletic Booster Club and the Notre Dame Arena Corporation, and served as a mentor to many young players, encouraging them to develop career plans and life goals. In 1974, his contributions were recognized with a plaque dedication at Notre Dame Arena.
Roger Letourneau. A native of the province of Quebec, Letourneau enrolled at Berlin High School in the fall of 1965, and made an immediate impact once he was cleared to play on the school's hockey team the following February. He helped the team win the New Hampshire state championship in 1966, and the state and New England tournaments the following year, getting named New England tourney MVP. From 1968 to 1971, he was a standout player for the Berlin Maroons, compiling 117 goals and 76 assists. He received training camp invitations from the Boston Braves and Hartford Whalers, and later played for the Concord Eastern Olympics and finally the Concord Budmen during the 1975-76 season.
This annual event is open to the public and tickets must be purchased by October 15th. Tickets are $40 and checks should be made out to NH Legends of Hockey and mailed to Executive Director Jim Hayes at 329 Currier Road, Hopkinton, NH 03229. In addition to Jim, you can contact Allen Demers (603-397-7383).