Saturday, February 27, 2010

Long Island Ducks' Buzz Deschamps a Multiple Hall-of-Famer

February continues to be Long Island Ducks month, as Buzz Deschamps was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.
You can visit the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame here: . However, it looks as if the Suffolk Sports HOF site hasn't been updated since 2007.

In 2002, Buzz was inducted into the Midland Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete. Last year he was made the first honorary member of the MSHF committee.
"Deschamps was the mover and shaker in getting the sports hall of fame and served as the chairman for many years. He spearheaded the creation of Bunn's Kids in the 1990s, which has enabled children to participate in sports and recreation activities in Midland. Most recently, Deschamps was instrumental in starting the annual Trottier 19 Hockey School at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, which features Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Trottier."
The Penetanguishene (ONT) Sports Hall of Fame inducted Buzz as a member in 1989. This past year he was Master of Ceremonies at the inductions. Here are some shots of Buzz along with Johnny Bower and Pierre Pilote:

On October 2, 2009, the street in front of the North Simcoe (ONT) Sports and Recreation Centre be renamed "Buzz and Bunn Deschamps Way"

Article on Buzz taking over as hockey coach at Stony Brook in 2008:〈=

Buzz's Stony Brook bio:
"Canadian born Buzz Deschamps was drafted by the New York Rangers in 1955 and spent a decade playing professional hockey across the United States and Canada. Buzz presence was well known on the ice with teams like the Sudbury Wolves, Indianapolis Chiefs, Long Island Ducks, Baltimore Clippers, St. Paul Rangers and the Providence Reds. Buzz holds the season team goal scoring record of 59 goals with the Long Island Ducks in the American Hockey League (AHL). He finished his strong professional hockey career with the Los Angeles Blades. Following this, Buzz chose retirement after he was drafted by the Los Angels Kings in 1968. Buzz was a scout for the Calgary Flames and the NY Rangers, and he coached the NCAA DIII St. John's University Ice Hockey team for 10 years. Buzz quickly gave back to the hockey community, coaching youth competitive hockey for over 20 years. Buzz currently works with Suffolk PAL Hockey, connecting professional experience with talented athletes. Buzz and his wife Trudy reside in Bay Shore."

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