Athletics: Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees announced

Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced the inductees for Norwich University's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Wednesday.

Nine individuals as well the 1966-67 men's ice hockey team will be recognized as part of NU Homecoming Weekend 2017 festivities Sept. 22-24. The inductees are as follows:

Rene Cheatham '07 – Cheatham was a four-year standout on the men's basketball team for head coach Paul Booth. He was a three-time Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference selection, concluding his career with first team honors as a senior. He averaged 18.8 points per game in his final year and was named the team most valuable player. He finished his career with 1,450 points and 731 rebounds.

Shane Abrams '97 – Abrams was a two-sport athlete as a member of the football and basketball teams during his tenure at Norwich. He was a two-time Freedom Football Conference (FFC) All-Conference selection, including being named to the first team for special teams and the second team for defense as a junior. He served as the team captain as a senior and earned multiple FFC Player of the Week honors. He was also named the NCAA Division III Player of the Week once and won the Mynter Award as a senior.  

Dan Rowan '97 – In just three seasons with the Cadets, Rowan ranks tied for 28th on the all-time Norwich Men's Ice Hockey career points list with 61 goals and 64 assists for 125 points in just 77 games played. He was named to the team Rookie of the Year as a sophomore. He also was named the ECAC Player of the Week and Elmira College Tournament MVP honors. 

Curt McCarthy '77 – McCarthy was a two-sport standout on the soccer field and the baseball diamond. He was a four-year letter winner on the soccer team at defense and earned team most valuable player honors twice during his sophomore and senior season. McCarthy had a goal and an assist for three points during his final year.

Paul Gallerani '67 – Gallerani was an integral member of the 1966-67 men's ice hockey squad that is also being inducted as a team this year. He put together one of the best single-season point totals in program history with 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points in 24 games as a senior. Gallerani scored in 16 straight games to close his career and helped lead the Cadets to a 35-31-1 record during his three seasons with the team. 

Richard Schmidt '62 – Schmidt was a three-year letterwinner on the football team. He served as a co-captain as a senior in 1961 and was also named to the Vermont All-State team as well. Schmidt helped lead the Cadets to an 8-13-2 record and was a mainstay on the Cadets' offensive line under head coach Bob Priestley.

Noble Allen '82 – Allen is the first of two Distinguished Letterwinners in this year's hall of fame class. He was a four-year letterwinner with the men's soccer team and was an All-New England Honorable Mention selection as a senior. Allen helped lead NU to the most wins in program history at the time with an 8-6-1 record in 1981. NU had winning seasons in three of his four years on the team. Now he is a partner at Hinckley Allen law firm in Hartford, Conn.

Al Moskal '67 – Moskal is the second of two Distinguished Letterwinners in the 2017 Hall of Fame Class. Moskal was a senior on the 1966 team that went 6-2 and compiled the best record since the 1951 squad. Moskal scored eight touchdowns in his final season to lead the team and rank among the leaders in New England. He also was named to the Vermont All-State team as a senior after setting the program record for pass attempts in a career at the time. Al is a Four-Star General in the Partridge Society for his contributions to Norwich.

Fred Kreitzberg '57 – Kreitzberg is this year's honorary inductee to the Norwich University Athletic Hall of Fame. Kreitzberg was the principal donor to have Kreitzberg Arena built in 1998, as well as the Kreitzberg Library in 1993. He served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees in the 1990s and is one of just two members in the Partridge Society's Chairman's Four Diamond level for contributions to the University.

1966-67 Men's Ice Hockey team – This year's team inductee went 14-3-1 against Division II competition and ended the season in first place. The Cadets won the eight-team Amherst Christmas Tournament. They also swept Vermont and beat Middlebury 6-3 in the middle of the season. Roger Guillemette '67 scored 28 goals and notched 29 assists to lead the Cadets with 57 points in 24 games. Paul Gallerani '67 had 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points, while Art Venezia '67 had eight goals and 24 assists for 32 points. Bruce Beaney '67 was named to the All-State team as a defenseman with five goals and 14 assists for 19 points, while Charley Holden '67 rounded out the top-five scorers with two goals and 17 assists for 19 points.

The 2017 Norwich University Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Plumley Armory as a part of NU Homecoming Weekend festivities.