|Hockey Hall of Fame inductees honored Oct. 19-21|
The Athletic Department and Letterwinners Association will honor hockey inductees into the UND Athletic Hall of Fame during Hockey Hall of Fame weekend, Oct. 19-21. The class of 2006 includes: Tony Hrkac, Alan Hangsleben, and the 1982 men’s hockey team.
Honorees will be recognized on ice during Saturday's UND vs. Maine hockey game as well as the Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 21. The luncheon will take place at A Touch of Magic Ballroom and begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost for the luncheon is $25 per person.
This fun weekend will include many exciting events: socials, luncheons, a tour of Ralph Engelstad Arena, attending UND hockey practice as well as the UND hockey games vs. Maine. Anyone interested in attending should call Barb at (800) 543-8764 to register.
Alan Hangsleben is a native of Warroad, Minn. He entered UND in the fall of 1971 and played three seasons for the Sioux. A defenseman, Hangsleben played in 106 games for the Sioux and was first team All-WCHA and an All-American as a freshman in 1971-72 and captain in 1973-74. Hangsleben was drafted by both the World Hockey Association’s New England Whalers and National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens in 1973. He signed with the Whalers in 1973 and played five seasons in the WHA and then three seasons in the NHL, with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings. Hangsleben is currently a general superintendent for a high-rise roofing company in Maryland. He and his wife, Carmela, reside in Lothian, Md. They have a daughter, Christina (21), two sons, Edward (27) and Anthony (26), and three grandchildren. In his spare time, Hangsleben enjoys playing golf and playing in alumni hockey games with the Washington Capitals organization.
Tony Hrkac, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, entered UND as a freshman in 1984 and scored 18 goals with 36 assists as a freshman. He then joined Canada’s Olympic Development Program for the 1985-86 season. He returned to UND in the fall of 1986 and became the star of one of UND’s all-time greatest teams, the 1986-87 squad that posted a school-record 40-8-0 record and won the national championship. Hrkac set an NCAA record that season with 116 points, a mark that still stands today. UND’s high-scoring ways in 1986-87 led to the team being nicknamed the “Hrkac Circus.” Hrkac won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player that season, marking the only time a UND player has ever won the award. Hrkac was also named the WCHA’s Most Valuable Player, a first team All-American and the NCAA tournament’s most outstanding player in 1987. A 1984 draft choice of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, Hrkac played professionally for 18 seasons (from 1987-2005). Among his many accomplishments, Hrkac was a member of the Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars in 1999 and a member of the 2004 Milwaukee Admirals team that won the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup. Hrkac is currently the head hockey coach of Concordia University in Wisconsin, a Division III institution. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Allison (16) and Courtney (15). They reside in Mequon, Wis.