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Granato leads hockey hall of fame list

Aug. 12, 2008 at 4:13 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Cammi Granato, who helped the U.S. women to the 1998 Olympic gold medal, will be the first woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame officials Tuesday said Granato, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter make up the hall's class of 2008. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 10 in Denver.

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Granato was a 15-year veteran of the U.S. women's national team. She is the national team's all-time leading scorer with 343 points -- 186 goals and 157 assists -- over 205 games.

Hull, third on the all-time NHL scoring list with 741 goals, was on two Stanley Cup-winning teams during his 20-year NHL career.

Leetch, a native Texan, was an 11-time all-star during his 18 years in the NHL. A two-time Norris Trophy winner, he is one of seven defensemen to total more than 1,000 points (1,028) over his career.

Richter played his entire 14-year career in New York and was a teammate of Leetch's in 1993-94 when the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup since 1940. He ranks first in team history with 301 wins in 666 games and was selected to three all-star teams.

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