Norm Maracle

Adirondack Red Wings goalie Norm Maracle covers a puck during a game on Oct. 4, 1997.

Post-Star file photo

GLENS FALLS — Norm Maracle, Neil Smith and Chris Tancill will be the newest members of the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame when the 2018 class is inducted in January.

All three were associated with the Adirondack Red Wings. Smith was the general manager of two Red Wings teams that won Calder Cups in the 1980s, while Maracle and Tancill played for the team in the 1990s.

The latest class was announced by the Adirondack Thunder on Thursday. The three newest members will be inducted during the Jan. 6 game at Cool Insuring Arena.

Maracle holds almost all of the Adirondack goaltending career and season records, having played 233 games for the Red Wings from 1994 to 1998. In 1996-97 he led the AHL in wins and save percentage, often facing 40 or more shots per game. On Jan. 31, 1998 he made a team-record 62 saves in a 3-2 victory over Albany.

Maracle is the first goaltender to go into the Hall.

Tancill was the Red Wings’ leading scorer for two seasons, starting with Calder Cup season of 1991-92. He led the team his second season with 59 goals and 102 points. The 59 goals were a franchise record and led the league that year.

Tancill went on to play 145 games in the NHL and played in the world championships three times. He finished his playing career in Switzerland.

Smith was general manager of Adirondack for seven season in the 1980s, including two Calder Cup wins. He went on to become GM of the New York Rangers, where he helped with a Stanley Cup and now works for the NHL network.


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