Carolina Hurricanes goaltending coach Tom Barrasso was named to the United States’ Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009 as a player, one of five inductees to be enshrined.
The others include the late Frank Zamboni, the inventor of the Zamboni ice resurfacer, Tony Amonte, who scored the winning goal against Canada to clinch the inaugaral World Cup of Hockey in 1996, John LeClair, the first American-born player to have three consecutive 50-goal seasons in the NHL, and the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team, which captured gold in Nagano, Japan.
Barrasso won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992 and played for the Hurricanes in 2001-02.
He has more NHL playoff wins (61) than any other U.S.-born goalie. He has the NHL record for career points and assists (48 each) among goaltenders. He won the Vezina Trophy after his rookie season in 1983-84, with a 26-12-3 record and also won the Calder Trophy, given to the league’s top rookie.
Barrasso had a 19-year-career and played 777 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh, Ottawa Senators, Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues.
He was a member of Team USA at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, helping the country to a silver medal.