Binghamton Hockey Hall Of Fame Inducts Two New Members Saturday
The Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame will welcome in two new members this Saturday evening prior to the Binghamton Senators versus Norfolk Admirals game at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Bob Carr and Al Hill have been selected for entry into the Class of 2013.
Bob Carr became part owner of the Binghamton Whalers in the American Hockey League in 1985 when he along with Jim McCoy and Tom Mitchell purchased the franchise. Over the years he has also been involved in ownership with the Binghamton Rangers and now assists with management of the Binghamton Senators merchandise department.
Carr has also been a successful businessman as the owner and operator of Carr Printing for 40 years before selling the business in 2008. He not only has a love for hockey on the ownership and management side but as a player as well. For years he was a goaltender in area amateur leagues and also coached and
sponsored many youth and adult teams in hockey, baseball, softball and other sports.
Al Hill served as an assistant coach with the Binghamton Rangers from 1990 – 93. In the 1992-93 campaign he split those duties between Binghamton and the NHL’s New York Rangers. From 1993-95 Hill was the head coach of the Binghamton Rangers with a record of 76-68-16 over that span.
In 1997 he returned to Binghamton to become the head coach of the United Hockey League’s B.C. Icemen. The Icemen qualified for a Colonial Cup playoff berth in the 1997-98 campaign.
Coaching was his Binghamton connection although fans saw him perform over the years in the AHL against Binghamton teams. He played in 655 AHL games with 4 teams including the Hershey Bears. Hill appeared in 221 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first NHL game in 1977 vs the St. Louis Blues he scored two goals and added three assists to help top the Blues 6-4. Those five points established a National Hockey League record for the most points scored by one player in his first NHL game.
Saturdays induction of Carr and Hill brings the total membership in the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame to 39 members. Along with on-ice pre-game ceremonies the two new inductees will have their Hall of Fame plaques permanently mounted in the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame in the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena at the east end of the building.