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AHL announces 2011 Hall of Fame inductees

Springfield, MA (Sports Network) - The American Hockey League on Thursday announced the newest four members of its Hall of Fame.

The sixth group of persons to be enshrined, on January 31, are Mitch Lamoureux, Harry Pidhirny, Maurice Podoloff and Larry Wilson.

"The AHL Board of Governors is proud to support the Selection Committee's recommendation to enshrine these four gentlemen into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame," said AHL president and CEO David Andrews. "We look forward to recognizing their outstanding contributions to the league as part of the celebration of our historic 75th year."

Lamoureux spent 17 years in the AHL from 1982-99, playing in Baltimore, Hershey, Maine and Providence. Over 802 games, the former eighth-round pick of the Penguins ranks seventh in league history in goals with 364 and ninth in points with 816.

Pidhirny, a defenseman, played 1,071 games over 17 seasons with Philadelphia, Springfield and Syracuse. He ranks third all-time in games played, sixth in goals (376) and seventh in points (829).

Podoloff was a founding father for the league, and along with his father and brothers, built the New Haven Arena. He also was instrumental in bringing two leagues together in the late 1930's which eventually formed the modern American Hockey League, and introduced the game to future NHL cities such as Washington D.C., Buffalo and St. Louis.

Wilson, the father of current Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson, spent 15 seasons as a player and six as a head coach in the AHL. The Ontario native played two years for Indianapolis then 13 for the Buffalo Bisons, and holds the franchise record for every offensive category. He was coach with Providence and Richmond before being named the first head coach of the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979.

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