STAMFORD -- The internet can be a fine tool for recording recent sports history.
But to really know the people of sports -- especially in the distant past and on a local level -- you need institutions like the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame located at Stamford UConn.
The 10th anniversary Hall of Fame class was announced Tuesday. The seven 2014 honorees will be formally inducted at Sport Night, the annual dinner on Monday October 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
Joining the Jackie Robinson Professional wing are Boston Red Sox, Yale University and Trumbull High School lefty pitcher Craig Breslow along with four-time U.S. women's ice hockey Olympian Julie Chu of Fairfield.
Breslow was a member of the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox and the 1998 state champ Trumbull High squad. He has pitched for nine seasons in the major leagues. In 2008, he also set up the Strike 3 Foundation, which raises money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Craig's sister was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 14 but is thriving 15 years later.
Fairfield's Chu spent 14 years with the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey program.
Julie Chu was in Los Angeles Tuesday so she was represented at the Hall of Fame ceremony by her dad, Wah Chu.
"This award means a lot to Julie and to our family," Chu said. "We moved to Fairfield County from New York In 1984. For us, Fairfield County was a unique place. It was a nurturing place. We always felt welcome in Fairfield County. We're grateful for that.
"Being in the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey program for 14 years and part of four U.S. Olympic teams Julie was able to follow her heart and her passion. Hockey wasn't work. It was a privilege to play," Wah Chu continued. "To see her represent the U.S. at four Olympics and see her joy when she stepped on the ice is unforgettable for our family. Hockey is the fabric that has kept our family so close. What we've learned is people come together at Olympic venues as friends. It would be nice if the entire world could live together with the Olympic spirit."
Becoming part of the James O'Rourke Amateur wing are basketball standout Nadine Domond of Bridgeport and the late Mickey Connolly of Norwalk.
Joining the J. Walter Kennedy Community Service wing are Bridgeport soccer legend 90-year-old Efrain "Chico" Chacurian, Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame of Fairfield boys ice hockey coach Marty Roos and the late John "Sharkey" Laureno of Stamford.
There are three honorees in the Kennedy wing due to a tie in the voting.
"We're happy to have sustained ourselves to have a 10th anniversary class," said Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Tom Chiappetta. "We're thankful to Stamford UConn and sponsors like Stamford Hospital for the support to make this possible."
In the Community Service wing, Chacurian made his mark as a soccer player and coach. Read Full Article
Chacurian was a great player in Argentina before becoming a U.S. National team member (1953-54).
Chico managed the nationally-known Vasco da Gama amateur soccer team in Bridgeport from 1974-80.
Chacurian coached for 10 years at Southern Connecticut as an assistant. He spent five years with both Yale's men's and women's soccer programs. He served six seasons (1983-88) at the University of Bridgeport.
He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame (1992) and the Connecticut Soccer HOF (1999).
Roos retired in 2012 after amassing a state record 536 victories coaching. Roos was the first boys ice hockey coach at Fairfield Prep in 1971. He had 265 wins and four state titles in 19 seasons.
Roos moved to Notre Dame of Fairfield in 1991 and spent 21 seasons, winning state titles in 1999 and 2006. The CIAC state boys ice hockey tourney is named in his honor.
Laureno officiating baseball, basketball and football for more than 40 years and was the founder of Stamford Babe Ruth Baseball and Shoreline Softball League. Laureno, who passed away in 1987, won three national Babe Ruth baseball titles (1952-54) in seven World Series appearances.
In the Amateur wing, Domond scored 2,300 points in her four-year, four-time All-State basketball career at Central High. She played four seasons at the University of Iowa and was the 19th overall pick in the second round of the 1998 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty. She was elected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Norwalk's Connolly was a five-sport high school star and played football, hockey and baseball at Boston College. He was part of BC's undefeated 1940 football squad coached by Frank Leahy.