Ken Gernander is already a hockey institution in Hartford, arriving as a player with the Wolf Pack in 1997 and remaining with the franchise as a coach after he stopped playing in 2005.
Now, Gernander will be honored by the American Hockey League. Gernander will be part of the AHL Hall of Fame class of 2013 inductees, it was announced Thursday.
He will be inducted at a January 28th ceremony at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence. He'll enter with Harvey Bennett Jr., Jim Morrison and Peter White.
It's a well deserved honor of a guy who has been associated with the league for 22 years. Gernander, 43, is entering his sixth season as head coach after serving as an assistant for two years.
Before coaching, he played for 14 seasons with Moncton, Binghamton and Hartford. Gernander had 624 points (293 goals, 331 assists) in 973 games and retired in 2005 as the AHL's highest scoring American-born player in league history.
The Minnesota native led the Wolf Pack to the 2000 Calder Cup title, the crown of his eight seasons in Hartford. His No. 12 is retired and he's in the Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame and the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame.