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Page 16 " BOSTONPOST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 28, 2012 4L ,4 NER ALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Hope You Had "A Merry Christmas!" with "Punch!" and a "Happy New Yead" World Champion Vito Antuofermo Inducted into Chicago National Italian American Hall Sports of Fame Freddie Roach Inducted into Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame World Middleweight Chamption Vito Antuofermo World Middleweight Cham- pion Vito Antuofermo was recently inducted into the Chicago National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame along with New Jersey Devils President and Gen- eral Manager Lou Lamori- ello, Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, NHL player Mark Recchi, Major League pitcher John Smoltz, Olym- pic gymnast Alicia Sacra- mone, pool player Stefano Pelinga, Comcast Sports Net Chicago President Jim Corno and members of the Ven- turini auto racing family. Mike Piazza was the mas- ter of ceremonies for the 35th induction held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Among those in the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame are: Yogi Berra, Rocky Marciano, Joe and Dom DiMaggio, Joe Torre, Phil and Tony Esposito, Eddie Arcaro, Mario and Michael Andretti, Ken Venturi, Lou Duva, Phil Rizzuto, Vince Lombardi, Billy Martin, Roy Campanella, Rocky Grazi- ano, Tommy Lasorda, Eddie Giacomin, Mike Piazza and Andy Robustelli. Rich Marotta, Founder and CEO of newly-established Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame announced the 2013 Induct- ees: Mike Tyson, Mike McCallum, Diego Gorrales, Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson was recently inducted in to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Julio Cesar Chavez, Larry Holmes, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Eddie Futch, Freddie Roach, Mills Lane, Joe Cortez, A1 Bernstein, Royce Feour, Bob Arum, Don King, Marc Ratner, James Nave, Sig Rogich and Kirk Kerkerian. Looking over some of the many great names of Fight Family Members who have contributed via attendance, direction, great comments, action and their many other great contribution of time to the Fight World: Vito Antuo- fermo, Jimbo Amato, Shirley Adams, Demetrius Andrade, Joe Angelo, Marc Adams, Roc Anthony, Johnny Bos, Edward Ber- nard, Bobby Bower, Edward Bishop, Jimmy Connors, Rich Cappiello, Mike "Little RoCk" Cappiello, Jennifer Cobis, Carlos Cruz, Charles Cox, Sean Creegan, Dan Cuoco, Ed Connolly, Tony DeMarco, Ron Drinkwater, Joey DeGrandis, Jay Delaney, Joe DeNucci, Charles Dwyer, Mickey Finn, Joey A. Francis, Dick Flaherty, Missy Fiorentino, Jimmy Farrell, Bobby Franklin, Ken Flora, Jerry Forte, Donald Green, Mike Gala- votti, Peter Galavotti, Matt Godfrey, Henry Hascup, Emily Harney, Jerry Huston, Mike Joyce, Rich- ard Johnson, Austin Kil- leen, Richie LaMontagne, Pat Long, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Christine Lewis, Hamid Lahrizi, Jim McNally, Bob McCarthy, Mugsy Mullen, Dennis Marrese, Tom Martini, Michael Marley, Peter Manfredo, Vincent Marino, Tom Marino, Bill Nixon, Danny O'Connor, Dan O'Malley, Sucra Ray Oli- veira, Scott Ploof, Mark D. Petti, Michael Parente, Ed Quigley, John The Quiet- man Ruiz, Freddie Roach, Mike Ryan, Chris Sarno, Ted Sares, John The Boxer Sculley, Danye Thomas, Hank Tuohy, Charlie Tar- taglia, Matt Troiani, Rosey Tavares, Rich Tors- ney, A1 Valente, John Vena, Shirley Wood. A Special thanks and praise to these and the many other great individuals who have con= tributed in keeping this the great sport it is. UPCOMING JANUARY EVENTS 19th Vladine Biosse fights at the Mohegan Sun. 25th on Showtime from Huntington New York, Demetrius Andrade battles Freddy Hernandez. Y Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus with Boston Celtics Guard Leandro Barbosa. (Photo by Boston Celtics Steve Babineau) Top of the Hub's Skywalk Observatory recently hosted players from the Boston Celtics as they brought a touch of holiday cheer to young patients from the Pediatric Hematology Program at the Boston Medical Center. Guard Leandro Barbosa joined Mr. & Mrs. Claus along with teammates Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Collins, Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley, plus Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers and assistant coaches Kevin Eastman and Tyronn Lue. The kids were transported to the Skywalk Observatory on the 50TM floor of the Prudential Tower in grand style, courtesy of Santa's helpers at Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston. Face painting was handled by big-hearted volunteer artists from WHERE Maga- zine, with entertainment by the comical folks from both the Shriner's Clowns and the Hearts & Noses Hos- pital Clown Troupe. Kevin Garnett commented, "Every holiday season I look forward to spending time with my teammates playing games and helping bring some holiday cheer to these great pa- tients. This is a wonderful time of year to give back." HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss He grew up in Wrentham, went to college in Maine, had a 12-year career in the NHL and is now the general manager of the New York Islanders. Actually, make that the soon-to-be Brooklyn based Islanders after the team moves into the Barclays Center starting in the fall of 2015 -- although the original name -- New York Islanders -- will be retained. He is Garth Snow and it seems here in New England that we have been hearing about him for ages. He was with Maine for some of the super years in the early 1990s, an era when the Black Bears dominated the Hockey East Conference -- when Maine was loaded and a kid from Wrentham struggled to make the team. But that test of will would cause him to shift directions slightly, to give more weight to the academic side, which ironically better prepared him for the front office posi- tion he holds today. "When I was at the Univer- sity of Maine, and I was the third goalie for the first two years," Snow told in an interview. "The degree was very important to have to fall back on if hockey didn't work out. At that point in time when I was going through that adversity, I had the mindset that if hockey didn't materialize I would pursue coaching or management, being an ath- letic director, something to stay in the game of hockey.~" So, way back when he was in college, Snow was think- ing ahead. He realized that for most players, their on-ice careers are short. One has to prepare for the long haul. And prepare he did. So well that he graduated early. But this has no effect on his time with the Black Bears since graduate students are still eligible under certain condi- tions. And things did work out. He posted a fine 20-1-0 record his last season to go with a fine 2.08 goals against average. "I signed with the Nor- diques. I played in Cornwall (Ontario), the AHL affiliate. I knew I didn't want to spend a career in the AHL. I had always taken summer courses just to stay ahead academically. I graduated early but went back after I signed my contract to finish my Master's degree," said Snow, who went on to a 12-year career in the NHL with the Nordiques, Flyers, Canucks and Islanders, That last stop encompassed his final four years in the league. And when he finally retired on July 18, 2006, a metamorphosis took place as owner Charles Wang named him the club's general man- ager just 10 days shy of his 37th birthday. And now Snow readies the Islanders for a new era -- and perhaps a more spirited rivalry -- with that team that plays its games on Causeway Street. So you see, all those nights in the library up in Orono added up. Now he has his dream job, made even better since the un- certainty over where the Islanders would play in the future has been cleared up. They're only moving 25 miles away to the Barclay's Center where they will be- come the second pro sports tenant -- the former New Jersey Nets of the NBA are already there. For Garth Snow it was a combination of athletics and academics that got him where he is today. It's a les- son that all those young people participating in ath- letics should be taught. MISSING -- During this Christmas-New Year's pe- riod, it's common to look back. And yes, we miss the NHL, we really do. We miss meeting old friends (and making new ones) dur- ing the media dining period before the games. We miss the rivalry between the Bruins and the Canadiens. We miss the ninth floor at the TD Garden, which serves as the center of media activity during a game. We miss the skilled shots, the great saves and just the sheer color and excitement of it all. We miss the players, their emotions and the interviews with them. Hockey players are the most down-to-earth professional athletes one will ever meet. We miss the coaches. We miss the Bruins media relations staff -- Matt, Eric, Heidi and Bish -- and hope this special sea- son finds them well. We miss all the people around the Bruins -- the game nights stats crew, the goal judges, the people who pass out the stats between periods. We miss Rene Ran- court and his rendition of the National Anthem. We miss the Bull Gang clearing the ice after hat tricks. We miss the postgame -- the exhilaration of a big win with everyone all smiles -- and the frustration of a close defeat -- when words are few and scowls more plentiful. We miss the fans with their colorful signs and an- tics as they informally com- pete to be named "fan of the game" on the Jumbotron. We miss the entire expe- rience -- all the sights and sounds -- and most of all the people -- that comprise a Bruins night at the Gar- den. We wish those times would return soon. But it looks more and more as if that will not happen this sea- son. We'll most likely know one way or the other before the first month of 2013 plays itself out. The New Year may well begin in darkness for those who love the NHL. But re- member -- darkness always comes before the light. So let's hope for a brighter year as 2012 fades away and 2013 comes to the forefront.