honored as the newest inductee into the Herb Brooks Foundation Hall of Fame
at annual Herb Brooks Foundation Golf Classic on June 13
HBF Hall of Fame honoree Chuck Grillo
, center, with Pat Micheletti, left, and Dan Brooks.
The 2014 honoree was Chuck Grillo
For 50 years, the Hibbing, Minn. native has put his
stamp on all levels of hockey, from youth up through the National Hockey League
The Hibbing High School
and University of Minnesota-Duluth
graduate was a pioneering Minnesota high school coach, in both hockey and baseball.
At Bemidji High School, he
hockey team to the state tournament four times and the baseball team to state seven times, including one state title.
stint up north, he
moved to the Twin Cities, where he
built the Rosemount High School
hockey program from 1976-1980.
Grillo went on to be an NHL scout with the Rangers, North Stars, Penguins and eventually rose to become the general manager of the San Jose Sharks from 1992-1996.
In Minnesota however, Grillo
is best known for his
influence on youth hockey.
As the creator and still owner-operator of the Minnesota Hockey Camps, a summer youth hockey camp based in Nisswa, Minn., Grillo
has tutored young players in hockey skills, life lessons and the value of being a good teammate.
From its creation in 1976 through the present, over 35,000 kids have come through the Minnesota Hockey Camps program.
"I owe my life in hockey to 16, 17 and 18 year old kids," said Grillo
, during his
acceptance speech at the Herb Brooks Foundation banquet Friday evening.
With a score of 51, the golf title went to the team of Rick Copeland, Chuck Grillo
, Dino Grillo, Lou Schaefer and their celebrity player, Brad Malone.