Former Red Wings trainer Dave Casey was shocked to even see his name as one of the nominees for the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame.
“That was even kind of surprising ... that they nominated someone who didn’t play,” Casey said. “It was very humbling and an honor to be put into a class with those guys.”
The shock escalated a few steps Monday when it was announced that Casey was one of four people who will join the Hall of Fame next month.
“You know you don’t start a job hoping you get in the Hall of Fame,” Casey said. “That’s not why I did that. It’s pretty mind-boggling actually that I even got nominated. The fact that I got in, it’s overwhelming actually. Very humbling.”
In addition to Casey, the other three inductees are NBC Sports broadcaster Dave Strader and former Adirondack Red Wings players Murray Eaves and Peter Mahovlich.
The four will be inducted during a ceremony at Heritage Hall in the Civic Center before a Phantoms game on April 14.
The inductees were selected by a committee of local hockey historians.
Current members of the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame include Hugo Belanger, Bill Dineen, Jody Gage, Ned Harkness, Greg Joly, Glenn Merkosky and Barry Melrose.
Strader, a Glens Falls native, began his professional broadcast career as the radio announcer and public relations director for the Adirondack Red Wings from 1979-1985. He called the team’s first Calder Cup in 1981.
Strader, who still lives in the area, is a play-by-play announcer for NHL on NBC and NBC-Sports Network.
Eaves played with the Adirondack Red Wings between 1987-90 and is the franchise’s fourth-leading all-time scorer. He was later an assistant coach with the team for three seasons from 1995-98.
He won the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award, awarded to the player best exemplifying sportsmanship, determination, and dedication to hockey, two seasons in a row.
Mahovlich played two seasons with the Adirondack Red Wings at the end of his 16-year NHL career, winning a Calder Cup with the Red Wings in 1981. Mahovlich, who remains in the area, is a pro scout for the Florida Panthers.
Casey served the Red Wings as trainer for the first 14 years of their existence, missing just two of more than 1,200 games. He’s the only person in Adirondack hockey history to earn four Calder Cup rings.
Casey, who lives in Glens Falls, is a baseball and basketball coach at Glens Falls High School.
“(I’m) speechless actually. A lot of long days, a lot of long hours and long tips but it all came to be worthwhile now,” Casey said. “Not that it wasn’t before, but this kinda validates what you did. I guess that’s the word. It validates how hard we did our job.”