AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2024
“Each of these four individuals exemplified those principles at the highest levels throughout their careers,”
The AHL Hall Of Fame Class of 2024 Enshrinement Ceremony took place on February 5, 2024. The inductees include Dennis Bonvie, Gordie Clark, Gerry Ehman, and Roy Sommer. View the Class Introduction below.
AHL Hall of Fame 2024
February 5, 2024 – We at Baron® express our gratitude for being included in the AHL Hall Of Fame Class of 2024 Enshrinement.
The American Hockey League announced four people selected for induction into the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2024.
The AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee has honored Dennis Bonvie, Gordie Clark, Gerry Ehman, and Roy Sommer as the latest group of enshrinees.
The Class of 2024 was inducted as part of the festivities at the 2024 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Tech CU, hosted by the San Jose Barracuda.
The American Hockey League Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony took place on February 5, 2024.
“Since 1936, the American Hockey League has been proud of its foundation of excellence both on and off the ice,” said Scott Howson, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Each of these four individuals exemplified those principles at the highest levels throughout their careers, and the AHL Board of Governors unanimously endorses the Selection Committee’s recommendation for their induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2024.”
AHL Hall Of Fame Class of 2024 Enshirment
Dennis Bonvie, a highly respected figure known for his competitiveness and toughness, played 871 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) throughout his 15-season professional career.
Starting with the Cape Breton Oilers in 1993, the Nova Scotia native earned a spot in the AHL All-Star Game in 1995, where he scored the first goal in the event’s modern history.
Bonvie went on to play for various teams, including Hamilton, Portland, and Philadelphia, before joining the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 1999.
He quickly became a fan favorite and contributed to the team reaching the Calder Cup Finals in 2001.
Bonvie later played for Providence, Binghamton, and Hershey before returning to Wilkes-Barre, where he retired in 2008 with impressive stats of 84 goals, 191 assists, and a record-setting 4,493 penalty minutes in his AHL career.
Post-retirement, he transitioned to scouting roles with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Boston Bruins, where he has served as the director of professional scouting since 2022.
Gordie Clark, originally from Scotland and raised in New Brunswick, had a notable nine-year playing career primarily in the American Hockey League (AHL) with teams like Rochester, Springfield, and Maine.
Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1972, Clark attended the University of New Hampshire before starting his professional career with the Amerks.
His rookie season saw impressive performance, recording 64 points in 65 games. Clark consistently increased his goal production in each of his four seasons with Rochester, earning recognition as a Second Team AHL All-Star twice.
After a short period in Springfield, he joined the Maine Mariners late in the 1978-79 season, contributing to their Calder Cup championship.
Clark led the league with 47 goals in 1979-80 and achieved career highs with 50 goals and 101 points in 1981-82, earning First Team AHL All-Star honors both seasons.
Retiring in 1983 with a total of 267 goals and 332 assists, accumulating 599 points in 540 AHL games.
Clark has been actively involved in hockey operations and scouting since 1987, serving various roles with the Bruins, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, and Montreal Canadiens.
Gerry Ehman, a prolific scorer in the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 1950s and 1960s, had a remarkable 19-season professional hockey career, playing close to 1,100 games in both the AHL and NHL.
Early in his AHL career, he played for teams in St. Louis, Springfield, and Hershey, but his most notable period was the seven seasons spent with the Rochester Americans.
During this time, he achieved six 30-goal seasons, won a league-scoring title, and contributed to two Calder Cup championships.
As the Amerks’ captain from 1965 to 1967, Ehman received First Team or Second Team AHL All-Star honors four times and remains fourth on Rochester’s franchise scoring list.
The Saskatchewan native, also a Stanley Cup winner with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1964, amassed a total of 311 goals and 365 assists, accumulating 676 points in 654 AHL games.
Ehman passed away in 2006 at the age of 73.
Roy Sommer, the most successful head coach in American Hockey League (AHL) history, led AHL teams for 25 years, with the majority spent coaching the San Jose Sharks’ affiliates in Kentucky (1998-2001), Cleveland (2001-06), Worcester (2006-15), and San Jose (2015-22).
In the 2022-23 season, he coached the San Diego Gulls. Over his career, more than 150 players under his guidance moved on to the National Hockey League.
Sommer achieved 828 victories, surpassing Hockey Hall of Famer Fred “Bun” Cook with his 637th win on Feb. 10, 2016, and surpassing another Hall of Famer, Frank Mathers, when he coached his 1,257th game on Mar. 26, 2014.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Sommer earned the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach in 2016-17, won four division titles, and participated in three AHL All-Star Classics during his career.
Additionally, Sommer played 10 seasons of professional hockey after being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1977, winning a Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1984.
About the AHL and AHL Hall of Fame
In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 32 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of NHL players each year are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.
The AHL Hall of Fame was formed in 2006 to recognize, honour and celebrate individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League.
AHL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2024
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The AHL Hall Of Fame Class of 2024 Enshrinement Ceremony, held on February 5, 2024, celebrated the induction of four distinguished members: Dennis Bonvie, Gordie Clark, Gerry Ehman, and Roy Sommer.
The diverse class of 2024 featured individuals such as:
- Dennis Bonvie: Known for his competitive spirit and toughness, Bonvie played 871 games in the AHL over 15 seasons, contributing to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and later serving as a scout for several NHL teams.
- Gordie Clark: A nine-year AHL veteran, Clark’s notable playing career included impressive goal production, AHL All-Star recognitions, and contributing to a Calder Cup championship, followed by a successful transition to roles in hockey operations and scouting for multiple NHL teams.
- Gerry Ehman: A prolific scorer during the 1950s and 1960s, Ehman played 19 seasons of professional hockey, most notably spending seven seasons with the Rochester Americans, achieving six 30-goal performances, a league scoring title, and two Calder Cup championships.
- Roy Sommer: The winningest head coach in AHL history, Sommer coached for 25 years, achieving 828 victories and guiding numerous players to the NHL, earning accolades such as the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award, division titles, and coaching in AHL All-Star Classics.
Congratulations to the inductees of the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2024! We appreciate and acknowledge your numerous accomplishments within the hockey community.
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