New Canaan’s Max Pacioretty, a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and Trumbull’s Ted Drury, a nine-year NHL veteran, headline this year’s class of inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, which was announced today. They will be inducted into the Jackie Robinson Professional wing.
Joining them will be Westport’s Lisa Brummel and Bridgeport’s Lambert Shell into the James O’Rourke Amateur wing and Bridgeport’s Jack Kvancz and Greenwich’s Angela Tammaro into the Walter Kennedy Community Service wing.
The Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the Fairfield County Sports Commission, Inc., will honor the newly elected Hall of Famers with an induction ceremony at the Commission’s 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m. With the six new inductees, the Hall of Fame has now recognized 71 county sports legends.
Pacioretty has become one of the NHL’s top players in his seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (2008-15). The left wing has led the Habs in scoring the past four seasons, which includes three 30-goal campaigns, highlighted by a career-high 39 in 2013-14. He has also tallied a total of 10 playoff goals the past two years. Selected 22nd overall in the first round by Montreal in the 2007 draft, he played one year at Michigan, following a scholastic career that started at New Canaan High and ended at the Taft School in Watertown. Pacioretty won the Bill Masterton Award in 2012 as the NHL player that exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey. His crowning achievement came last year when he was named to play for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics.
Drury joins his younger brother Chris (Class of 2008) in the pro wing as they become the second pair of brothers enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The Hirschbecks, John (2010) and Mark (2013), were the first siblings to be honored, also both in the professional category as Major League Baseball umpires. A nine-year NHL veteran from 1993-2001, Drury played with six different teams during his pro career, primarily with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played in 414 games with 41 goals and 52 assists. Drury, who was a standout at Fairfield Prep for two years, was selected to play for the U.S Olympic team in ’92 and ’94.
Brummel was one of the county’s top female athletes as a four-sport standout at Staples High. From 1974-77 she starred in basketball, softball, track and field hockey, earning All-FCIAC and/or All-State in all four sports. She continued her multi-sport prowess in college, lettering in four sports at Yale, adding volleyball to her resume. Brummel was All-Ivy in basketball each of her four years there, still in the top five in several school offensive categories and was Ivy League MVP when Yale won the title in 1979. The Westport native, who was also All-Ivy for three years in softball, was an academic All-American 1981. She also played three seasons as a catcher with the Raybestos Brakettes (1976-78), winning national titles each year. Brummel was elected to the state women’s basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. She is currently one of the owners of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.
Shell was one of the greatest basketball players in University of Bridgeport history. He was a three-time All-American, scored 3,001 career points and had over 1,300 rebounds in leading the Purple Knights to Division II Final Fours and two national runner-up finishes in 1991 and ’92. Kvancz was highly successful both on and off the basketball court, but his accomplishments as an administrator and coach defined his athletic career. He was athletic director at Masuk before taking the same positions at Catholic University, George Mason and George Washington, where he was selected to the school and New England Basketball Halls of Fame. In 2014, Tammaro concluded her legendary coaching career at Greenwich Academy. She spent 49 years as the school’s field hockey coach and 48 as lacrosse coach, while also being the athletic director for four decades. Tammaro finished with 746 wins in field hockey and 700 in lacrosse, the most of any female coach in the country. Her teams racked up 30 consecutive league titles in field hockey and 28 total in lacrosse.