STAMFORD, Conn. – Max Paciorretty of the Montreal Canadiens and former University of Bridgeport basketball star Lambert Shell were among six prominent sports figures selected for induction Monday into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the Fairfield County Sports Commission Inc., will honor the newly elected Hall of Famers with an induction ceremony at the Commission’s 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m. With the six new inductees, the Hall of Fame has now recognized 71 county sports legends.
The class of 2015 honorees are:
Jackie Robinson Professional Wing: Ted Drury of Trumbull and Pacioretty.
James O’Rourke Amateur Wing: Lisa Brummel of Westport and Shell.
J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Wing: Jack Kvancz of Bridgeport and Angela Tammaro of Greenwich.
Drury joins his younger brother Chris (Class of 2008) in the pro wing as they become the second pair of brothers enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The Hirschbecks, John (2010) and Mark (2013), were the first siblings to be honored, also both in the professional category as Major League Baseball umpires.
Drury played for nine years in the NHL, primarily with Anaheim. He also played at Harvard and was a standout at Fairfield Prep. He was also selected to play for two U.S. Olympic teams.
Pacioretty has become one of the NHL's top players in his seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (2008-15). The left wing has led the Habs in scoring the past four seasons, which includes three 30-goal campaigns, highlighted by a career-high 39 in 2013-14. Pacioretty won the Bill Masterton Award in 2012 as the NHL player that exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. His crowning achievement came last year when he was named to play for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics.
Shell was one of the greatest basketball players in University of Bridgeport history. He was a three-time All-American, scored 3,001 career points and had over 1,300 rebounds in leading the Purple Knights to Division II Final Fours and two national runner-up finishes in 1991 & 92. Shell is now the director of the Danbury Public Library.
Brummel was one of the county's top female athletes as a four-sport standout at Staples High. From 1974-77 she starred in basketball, softball, track and field hockey, earning all FCIAC and/or all state in all four sports. The Westport native also played three seasons as a catcher with the Raybestos Brakettes. She is currently one of the owners of the WNBA's Seattle Storm.
Kvancz was highly successful both on and off the basketball court, but his accomplishments as an administrator and coach defined his athletic career. The Bridgeport native and Harding High basketball standout began his coaching career with a three-year stint at Masuk High. He coached in college at Brown and Catholic University, and was the longtime athletics director at George Washington University
In 2014, Tammaro concluded her legendary coaching career at Greenwich Academy. She spent 49 years as the school's field hockey coach and 48 as lacrosse coach, while also being the athletic director for four decades. Tammaro finished with 746 wins in field hockey and 700 in lacrosse, the most of any female coach in the country.
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