Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Three
Three new members will be inducted into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday night (April 7) in pre-game ceremonies before the Binghamton Senators host the Syracuse Crunch at the Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The Hall was established in 1998 to honor standouts who have played, coached or had a significant role in professional hockey in the area. The Class of 2017 includes: goaltender Ray Emery; player and coach Steve Stirling and executive Patrick Snyder.
Emery played parts of four seasons with the Binghamton Senators before heading to the National Hockey League where he saw action with four teams and was instrumental in helping the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2013 Stanley Cup by defeating the Boston Bruins. He holds numerous Binghamton goaltending records including most franchise games played with 156. In addition Emery has the franchise record for career wins with 77, shutouts with 10 and career goals against with a 2.51 mark.
Stirling enters having been a player with the Broome Dusters and a long-time head and assistant coach. He played with the Dusters from 1974-76 where he saw action in 70 total games. Overall, he played in seven professional seasons. He has held numerous college and pro coaching positions including two years as head coach of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders. He was an assistant coach with Binghamton's Stanley Cup Championship team in 2011 and remains the B-Sens assistant coach.
Snyder held front office positions with the Binghamton Whalers, Binghamton Rangers and the BC Icemen. He was Vice-President of Hockey Operations with the Rangers in Binghamton and was the general manager of the United Hockey League's Icemen where he was named as the United Hockey League's Executive of the Year. He also established the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.