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USA Hockey announces 2014 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class

Brian Rafalski will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December Photo: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto (via Getty Images)

Brian Rafalski will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December

USA Hockey announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Wednesday, naming Brian Rafalski, Karyn Bye Dietz​, Jeff Sauer​ and Lou Vairo​ as inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Rafalski spent 11 seasons in the NHL, winning three Stanley Cups. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic hockey team at the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Games, collecting 13 points in 17 Olympic games. 

Bye Dietz was a member of the U.S. women's national team from 1992-2002, leading the U.S. 1998 gold-medal winning team with five goals at that Olympics. In 2011, Bye Dietz was inducted to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, becoming just the fourth woman to do so.

Sauer has spent more than 40 years coaching hockey, including 31 as an NCAA Division I men's coach, and has won two national championships. He has also coached several U.S. teams, including the 1995 men's national team. 

Vairo coached the men's national team in 1983 and 2000-03. He was also a scout for the gold-medal winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and the head coach of the team in 1984. 

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The class will be enshrined during a ceremony in Minneapolis/St. Paul on Dec. 4. 

- Molly Geary

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