A year after closing, U.S. hockey hall plans to reopen

EVELETH, Minn. -- A year after it closed, the U.S. Hockey
Hall of Fame will reopen under a new name in Eveleth, under a
cooperative agreement between USA Hockey and the Hall.

Under the agreement announced Friday, the Hall will change its
name to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, Inc. Plans
call for reopening the museum in late May or early June.

USA Hockey will take over the selection process and induction
event for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. USA Hockey also will take
responsibility for the Gretzky Award, which recognizes an
international citizen who's made a significant contribution to
American hockey.

The museum will retain the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game and its

The Hall's current directors were replaced Friday by eight new
directors who were elected to govern the museum.

After years of struggling financially, the U.S. Hockey Hall of
Fame closed last May. There was talk of relocating the Hall from
Eveleth, on northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range, to the Xcel Energy
Center in St. Paul -- home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild -- or the Mall
of America in Bloomington.

Since its founding in 1973, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has
enshrined 130 individuals.

USA Hockey plans a fall induction cememony for a Class of 2007.
That class will be selected by the current selection committee,
chaired by John Mayasich. The site and date for the induction
ceremony has yet to be determined.