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Hockey Coach Roger Neilson is Honored - 2002-11-05


Veteran coach and cancer survivor Roger Neilson is among four men enshrined in the National ice Hockey League's Hall of Fame Monday night.

Neilson, an assistant with the Ottawa Senators team, is known for his use of videotape as a teaching tool. He coached eight NHL teams, including Toronto, Buffalo, and the New York Rangers in a 26-year time span.

However, the 68-year-old is more widely respected for winning his battle with cancer. Neilson lost his coaching job with Philadelphia two years ago while fighting bone marrow cancer. He underwent chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant and is in remission.

Former players Bernie Federko, Clark Gilles and Rod Langway were also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Gilles finished his career with 319 goals, 378 assists, and more than one thousand penalty minutes in 958 games. He helped lead the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships between 1980 and 1983.

Rod Langway helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup twice and won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman twice while playing with the Washington Capitals. Federko was the first player to earn as many as 50 assists in 10 consecutive seasons.

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