Ice Hockey Announces 2017 Dekers Club Hall of Fame Class

Ice Hockey Announces 2017 Dekers Club Hall of Fame Class

9/18/2017 3:31:00 PM

// TJ Garske

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan hockey program announced its seven-member 2017 Dekers Club Hall of Fame class on Monday (Sept. 18) with Jason Boterill, Denny Felsner, Matt Herr, John Madden, Brendan Morrison, Bill Muckalt and Marty Turco joining the prestigious group of Michigan hockey alumni. The seven of them will be honored on Friday, Nov. 3, at Yost Ice Arena during U-M's contest against Ferris State.

Botterill won an NCAA title at Michigan in 1996 and had three Frozen Four appearances during his four-year career. He amassed 186 career points and was named a second-team All-American as a senior during the 1996-97 season. Botterill was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars and played seven seasons in the NHL for the Stars, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres. He currently serves as the General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres.

Felsner had a standout four-year career at Michigan, where he was named to the All-CCHA First Team twice and was a first team All-American as a senior in 1991-92. He finished his Michigan career as Michigan's all-time career scoring leader with 139 goals. His 261 career points rank second all-time in program history. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in both 1991 and 1992. Felsner was drafted in the third round of the 1989 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues and played four seasons in the NHL, all with the Blues.

Herr helped Michigan win NCAA titles in both 1996 and 1998 and had four Frozen Four appearances during his career. In 1998, Herr was named to the NCAA All-Regional Team. He finished his hockey career for the Wolverines with 133 points and currently ranks second in program history with nine career shorthanded goals. In addition to playing hockey at Michigan, Herr pitched for the Wolverines baseball team and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 29th round of the 1994 MLB Draft. Herr was drafted in the fourth round of the 1994 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals, and played four seasons in the NHL for the Capitals, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins.

Madden led Michigan to an NCAA title in 1996 and three Frozen Four appearances. Over his four-year career at Michigan, he recorded 100 career goals and 180 total points. Madden set the NCAA record for most career shorthanded goals (23), a record that still stands today. During his final season at Michigan, he was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and first-team All-American. Madden went undrafted but played 13 seasons in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers. Madden won the Stanley Cup three times during his NHL career, including two with the Devils (2000 and 2003) and one with the Blackhawks (2010).

Morrison, a three-time All-American, became the first Michigan player to win the Hobey Baker Award in 1997 as the best collegiate hockey player in the United States. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 Frozen Four, a two-time CCHA Player of the Year and a three-time All-CCHA firstteam selection. Morrison helped the Wolverines claim four straight CCHA regular-season titles and three tournament crowns. In the 1996 NCAA Tournament in Cincinnati, Morrison scored the championship-winning goal three minutes and 35 seconds into overtime to defeat Colorado College, 3-2, and gave the Wolverines their first NCAA title in 32 years. He concluded his Michigan career with a school-record 284 points. Morrison went on to play 14 seasons in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks. He finished fifth in the Calder Cup Trophy (rookie of the year) balloting in 1999.

Muckalt led Michigan to two NCAA titles (1996 and 1998) and four Frozen Four appearances. Over his four-year career at Michigan, the Wolverines recorded 133 wins while he posted 105 career goals and 226 total points. Muckalt ranks seventh in program history with 226 points, sixth in goals with 105 and ninth in assists with 121. During his senior season in 1997-98, he was a first team All-American and a Hobey Baker Award finalist. Muckalt was drafted in the ninth round of the 1994 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks and played five seasons in the NHL for the Canucks, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild. Muckalt is entering his first season as the Associate Head Coach of the Michigan hockey team.

Turco led Michigan to two NCAA titles (1996 and 1998) and four Frozen Four appearances. He holds Michigan records for career wins (127, an NCAA record), career shutouts (15) and wins in a season (34 in 1995-96). He finished with a career record of 127-28-7. He was a first team All-American in 1997, the 1997 CCHA Goaltender of the Year and the 1995 CCHA Rookie of the Year. In 1998, he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four. Turco was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars and played 11 seasons in the NHL for the Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. He was a three-time NHL All-Star and represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics.

The Dekers Blue Line Club is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that has supported the Michigan ice hockey program since its founding in 1962. The first Hall of Fame Class was inducted in 1964. A complete list of Dekers Hall of Famers can be found at dekers.org.

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