The Binghamton Senators, in conjunction with the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that Mike Dunham and Glenn Merkosky have been selected for enshrinement to the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2009.
“On behalf of the Hall of Fame committee and current members, we’re proud to have Mike Dunham and Glenn Merkosky as the newest members of the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame,” said B-Sens executive vice president of operations, Tom Mitchell. “Both men excelled on the ice and they’ve added to the great hockey tradition here in Greater Binghamton.”
Dunham and Merkosky will be formally inducted on Hall of Fame Night, Friday, March 13, in an ice-level ceremony prior to the B-Sens game against the Norfolk Admirals. Both inductees will be present for the ceremony.
In addition, the B-Sens will host a Hall of Fame reception with the Class of 2009 inductees in the Arena Club (third floor of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena) from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame reception tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the B-Sens executive office. The reception will include appetizers and a cash bar, along with a meet and greet with the newest members of the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame. A limited number of reception tickets will be sold.
In celebration of the Class of 2009 and Hall of Fame Night, the B-Sens will wear Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame jerseys against Norfolk. The jerseys will feature both inductees’ names on a special jersey patch.
BINGHAMTON HOCKEY HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2009
MIKE DUNHAM - GOALTENDER
Mike Dunham had a decorated hockey career that spanned 13 professional seasons in the National and American Hockey Leagues, including a Calder Cup championship with the Albany River Rats (AHL) during the 1994-95 season. During that championship run, Dunham was co-winner of the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as most valuable player of the Calder Cup playoffs. He also represented the United States in international play nine times, including the 1992, 1994 and 2002 Winter Olympics.
Prior to his professional career, Dunham starred at the University of Maine for three seasons (1990-93) where he led the Black Bears to the 1992-93 NCAA Division 1 championship with a 21-1-1 record and a 2.65 goals-against-average in 25 games. Dunham finished his collegiate career with a 41-6-3 record and a 2.72 goals-against-average in 55 games.
A native of Johnson City, N.Y., Dunham was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round (54th overall) of the 1990 NHL entry draft. He played his first professional game with Albany following the 1994 Winter Olympics. Over the next three seasons Dunham posted a 53-20-12 record with River Rats, including a professional-best 30 wins in 1995-96. Along with teammate Corey Schwab, Dunham won the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for outstanding team goaltending on the way to the Calder Cup championship.
Dunham made his NHL debut with New Jersey on October 29, 1996 in a relief appearance. He recorded his first NHL win in his first NHL start on November 7, 1996 against the Chicago Blackhawks, where he stopped 35 of 37 shots to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win. Dunham would go on to play 394 NHL games over the next 10 seasons with Atlanta, Nashville, New Jersey, New York (Islanders) and New York (Rangers). He finished his NHL career with a 141-178-44 record, a 2.74 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage.
BINGHAMTON HOCKEY HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2009
GLENN MERKOSKY - CENTER
A native of Edmonton, Alta., Merkosky ranks as one the greatest players in American Hockey League history whose career covered 10 season and 757 regular-season games. He also skated in 107 Calder Cup playoff games, good for seventh all-time in AHL history. Merkosky was part of three Calder Cup championships during the 1980’s and led the AHL in goal scoring with 54 during the 1986-87 season as part of the Adirondack Red Wings.
Merkosky’s AHL career began with the Binghamton Whalers in the team’s inaugural season of 1980-81. He posted back-to-back 20-goal season for the Whalers before signing with the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 1982. He skated in 39 NHL games over the next two seasons before returning to the AHL with the Maine Mariners for the 1983-84 season and in the process won his first Calder Cup championship.
Following two stellar seasons with Maine, Merkosky signed with the Detroit Red Wings and went on to have his best years as a professional with the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL. He scored 24 goals and added 33 assists in his first season with Adirondack, helping the club win the 1985-86 Calder Cup championship. The next season Merkosky scored a career-high 54 goals and was selected as a first-team AHL all-star. The center played six seasons with Adirondack and won his third Calder Cup in 1988-89. In addition, Merkosky was also a two-time recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award, which is given to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.
Merkosky finished his AHL career with 325 goals, 353 assists and 678 points in the regular season. He ranks 11th all-time in goal scoring and is tied for 23rd all-time in points. He compiled impressive post-season statistics during his three Calder Cup championship runs, scoring 39 goals and adding 51 assists for 90 points. His post-season points are tied for sixth all-time, while his post-season goals are tied for seventh and post-season assists tied for 11th all-time. In addition to his AHL success, Merkosky scored five goals and added 12 assist for 17 points in 66-career NHL games with Detroit, Hartford and New Jersey.