Woog, Fusco Brothers Enter U.S. Hall

Former Minnesota coach Doug Woog, former Hobey Baker Award winners Mark and Scott Fusco, Joe Riley have been inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Eveleth, Minn.

The formal induction ceremony will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4.

In his 14-year coaching career with the Golden Gophers, Woog guided Minnesota to an average of nearly 28 wins per season and seven WCHA Championships. He led the Golden Gophers to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including six trips to the NCAA Final Four. He finished his career behind the bench as Minnesota’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 389-187-40 (.664) before resigning after the 1999 season.

Woog was an All-American at Minnesota under John Mariucci and served as team captain his senior season. He was a three-time All-State selection as a prep at South St. Paul High School. He would return to become head coach at South St. Paul in 1977 and led the school to four state tournament appearances. Woog has also been heavily involved in USA Hockey, both as a player and coach.

Woog is currently an assistant athletic director at Minnesota.

The Fusco brothers played at Harvard, with Mark winning the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top player in 1983, with Scott following suit in 1986. Mark Fusco was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team that competed in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and played in 80 games over two NHL seasons with the Hartford Whalers. Scott Fusco played in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics, and is the only two-time ECAC Player of the Year Award winner.

Scott Fusco, 39, becomes the youngest person in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, with Mark, 41, right behind.

Riley joins his brothers Jack and Bill in the Hall. Following high school, Riley attended the University of Illinois where he played freshman hockey for Hall of Fame coach, Vic Heyliger. Riley’s career was interrupted by World War II military service, and when he returned from Europe he transferred to Dartmouth where he played two seasons from 1947 to 1949.

At Dartmouth, playing for the late Hall of Fame coach, Eddie Jeremiah, Riley set the record for most goals in a season in his senior year a record, which still stands today. Playing two varsity seasons, Riley appeared in 47 games and netted 67 goals and 49 assists for the Green, an average of 2.5 points per game. This places him 4th all time in Dartmouth goal scorers and is tied for 12th in total points after just two year of play. Riley was selected for the AAU Olympic Team and went to St. Moritz, Switzerland to represent the United States in the 1948 Olympics.