Besides Goldie, three other men will be inducted into the ECHL's Hall of Fame on Friday


John Spoltore (deceased) - Spoltore was a center all wingers wanted in the pivot because he distributed the puck so deftly.

Spoltore three times led the ECHL in assists for the Louisiana Ice Gators in a four-season span from 1997-2001, and he's familiar to long-time Anchorage hockey fans because he led the now-defunct West Coast Hockey League, which included the Anchorage Aces, in assists and points in 2001-02, when he bagged 29-84--113 totals in 72 games for the San Diego Gulls.

"I just get the puck to the scorers and let them do all the work,'' he told The Kitchener Record in 1999. "I've been getting away with that for years.''

With 532 points in 341 career ECHL games, Spoltore averaged 1.56 points per game and his career average of 1.14 assists per game is the best in league history.

Spoltore died of brain cancer in 2010.

Al MacIssac

Success seems to follow MacIssac, though you could make a strong argument that MacIssac helps generate franchises' success.

One thing seems certain: MacIssac owns no shortage of rings.

He won the ECHL's Riley Cup (now, it's the Kelly Cup) as a player with the Hampton Roads Admirals in 1992 and a Kelly Cup as an assistant coach with the club in 1998. He also won the Memorial Cup, the championship of major-junior hockey, as a player with the Guelph Platers in 1986.

Oh, and he's in his 14th season in management with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he is vice president of hockey operations. The Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions and also won the Cup in 2010.

In that championship season as a player with Hampton Roads, MacIssac racked 18-29--47 totals in 56 games and went plus-33.

James Edwards

The long-time president of the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs, from 1995 to 2003, Edwards also was chairman of the ECHL's Board of Directors from 1999-2003.

As chairman, Edwards proved pivotal in expanding the league, particularly when it, for the 2003-04 season, added seven teams in the west -- including the Alaska Aces -- to make the circuit the coast-to-coast league it remains today.

So, Cowbell Crew, Edwards merits a shout-out -- more cowbell! -- from you.