Pacioretty called to Hall
Updated 6:17 pm, Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Fairfield County Sports Commission Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is a very distinguished group.
Entering the Jackie Robinson Professional Wing will be current Montreal Canadiens star Max Pacioretty of New Canaan and former National Hockey League and Olympics ice hockey standout Ted Drury of Trumbull. Joining the James O’Rourke Amateur Wing will be former University of Bridgeport basketball star Lambert Shell and Lisa Brummel of Westport.
All six will be formally inducted at the Fairfield County Sports Commission’s 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner set for Monday, Oct. 19, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
Pacioretty has been the Montreal Canadiens’ leading scorer the past four seasons and won the Bill Masterton Award in 2012 for sportsmanship and dedication to his craft. Max was also part of Team USA at the 2014 Olympics.
Annette Pacioretty, Max’s mom, was on hand since Max and his wife just recently welcomed their second baby boy into their family.
“As his mom, I’m so proud of how Max has grown in all facets of his life,” Annette Pacioretty said. “His family have given him another purpose to drive him. His family has given Max balance in his life. It’s not 100 percent hockey every second. He relates to people better now.
“Max’s time at the University of Michigan playing for Red Berenson became a point of validation that hockey could be more than a game for him,” Annette Pacioretty continued. “Max has treated his gift of hockey talent very seriously.”
Ted Drury will join his younger brother Chris Drury as only the second pair of brothers in the Hall of Fame.
Major league baseball umpires John and Mark Hirschbeck are also members of the Jackie Robinson Pro Wing.
Ted Drury, who currently lives in the Chicago area, played with six NHL teams in a nine-year career as well as playing on the 1992 and 1994 U.S. Olympic ice hockey squads.
Drury played two seasons at Fairfield Prep and played college hockey at Harvard. He also played for five seasons in Germany following his NHL career and retired in 2007.
Lambert Shell scored 3,001 career points and grabbed more than 1,300 rebounds in his time at Bridgeport that included being Division II national runnerups in 1991 and 1992. Shell was named the 1992 NCAA Division II Player of the Year.
“This is a great honor. For people to remember what you did 23 years ago and to be on this wall with these other Hall of Famers is humbling,” Shell said. “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn, N.Y. who had basketball open so many doors for me.”
His official title these days is Dr. Lambert Shell and he has been director of the Danbury Library the past year and a half.
Shell is also men’s basketball head coach at Kingsboro Community College.
“Bruce Webster was a great coach to me at UB. He was a father figure to most of the players,” Shell said. “He was hard on everybody but also showed everyone love. I’m proud to say I was part of the team that gave Bruce his 500th career coaching win.”
Shell played professionally from 1993 to 2005, mostly overseas.
“There were restrictions on the number of Americans on a team as well as height restrictions,” Shell said. “For me, pro basketball was a way to see the world for free. I played in the Phillippines, Sweden, Rome. A Bridgeport team even had a trip to Egypt. My doctorate in Library Sciences came from basketball, too.”
Lisa Brummel was a four-sport athlete at Staples High as well as at Yale in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Brummel also played three seasons as a catcher with the Raybestos Brakettes, which won national titles all three years.
Following an outstanding basketball career at Harding High and playing for the legendary Bob Cousy at Boston College, Jack Kvancz has been a very successful college athletics administrator.
Kvancz spent 12 years as Athletic Director and basketball coach at Catholic University taking that school’s sports into Division I, Division II and Division III.
Kvancz spent another 12 years as athletic director at George Mason University. Kvancz then spent 17 years as athletic director at George Washington University.
Kvancz also spent five years as a member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee.
Angela Tammaro spent 49 years as the field hockey coach, 48 seasons as the girls lacrosse coach as well as four decades as athletic director at Greenwich Academy.
She collected more than 700 wins in that time and is a member of the National Field Hockey and National Lacrosse Halls of Fame.
She was a pioneer and a groundbreaker in girls’ sports before retiring in 2014.
“It is so exciting to be part of this Hall of Fame. I’m particularly pleased to be the first female inducted into the J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Wing,” Tammaro said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my job because I loved coaching. I enjoyed working with the kids.
“We wanted to be successful. But the key was to make it fun and have the girls learn from it,” Tammaro continued. “We always walked the line between demanding excellence and having fun doing it. Title IX was a huge moment. It gave girls and myself opportunities that weren’t there in the past. Team play has values that carry over into people’s lives.”