National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving honorable values through sports.
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Hours of Operation: Office: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Phone: 312.226.5566 Fax: 312.226.5678

Mission: Family, Friends, Faith and Community

Happy Birthday to 2008 inductee Phil Mickelson!
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Happy Birthday to 2008 inductee Phil Mickelson!

Happy Birthday to 2001 inductee Joe Amato!
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Happy Birthday to 2001 inductee Joe Amato!

Happy Birthday to 1997 inductee Joe Montana!
06/11/2020

Happy Birthday to 1997 inductee Joe Montana!

Happy Birthday to 2009-10 inductee Linda Mastandrea!
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Happy Birthday to 2009-10 inductee Linda Mastandrea!

Happy Birthday to 2011 inductee Tedy Bruschi!
06/10/2020

Happy Birthday to 2011 inductee Tedy Bruschi!

Happy Birthday to 2001 inductee Dick Vitale!
06/10/2020

Happy Birthday to 2001 inductee Dick Vitale!

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Dave Ferraro!
06/08/2020

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Dave Ferraro!

Happy Birthday to 2015 inductee Mike Modano!
06/07/2020

Happy Birthday to 2015 inductee Mike Modano!

Happy Birthday to 2008 inductee Eddie Giacomin!
06/06/2020

Happy Birthday to 2008 inductee Eddie Giacomin!

Happy Birthday to 2009-10 inductee Mario Trafeli!
06/06/2020

Happy Birthday to 2009-10 inductee Mario Trafeli!

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Robin Romeo!
06/06/2020

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Robin Romeo!

Happy Birthday to 2008 inductee Frank Lentine!
05/27/2020

Happy Birthday to 2008 inductee Frank Lentine!

Happy Birthday to 2005 inductee Dan Pastorini!
05/27/2020

Happy Birthday to 2005 inductee Dan Pastorini!

05/25/2020
Happy Birthday to 1998 inductee Chip Ganassi!
05/24/2020

Happy Birthday to 1998 inductee Chip Ganassi!

Happy Birthday to 2012 inductee John Smoltz!
05/15/2020

Happy Birthday to 2012 inductee John Smoltz!

Happy Birthday to 2017 inductee Barry Zito!
05/13/2020

Happy Birthday to 2017 inductee Barry Zito!

Happy Birthday to 2003 inductee Bobby Valentine!
05/13/2020

Happy Birthday to 2003 inductee Bobby Valentine!

Happy Birthday to 2012 inductee Stefano Pelinga!
05/11/2020

Happy Birthday to 2012 inductee Stefano Pelinga!

05/10/2020
Happy Birthday to 2000 inductee Mark Bavaro!
04/28/2020

Happy Birthday to 2000 inductee Mark Bavaro!

Happy Birthday to 2016 inductee Nino Benvenuti!
04/26/2020

Happy Birthday to 2016 inductee Nino Benvenuti!

Happy Birthday to 1987 inductee Tony Esposito!
04/24/2020

Happy Birthday to 1987 inductee Tony Esposito!

Happy Birthday to 2004 inductee Frank Viola!
04/19/2020

Happy Birthday to 2004 inductee Frank Viola!

Happy Birthday to 2018 inductee Gina Carano!
04/16/2020

Happy Birthday to 2018 inductee Gina Carano!

04/12/2020
Happy Birthday to 1995 inductee Greg Mannino!
04/07/2020

Happy Birthday to 1995 inductee Greg Mannino!

Happy Birthday to 2001 inductee Vince Ferragamo!
04/03/2020

Happy Birthday to 2001 inductee Vince Ferragamo!

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Tom Barrasso!
03/30/2020

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Tom Barrasso!

Happy Birthday to 2005 inductee Jennifer Capriati!
03/29/2020

Happy Birthday to 2005 inductee Jennifer Capriati!

Happy Birthday to 1984 inductee Gino Cappelletti!
03/26/2020

Happy Birthday to 1984 inductee Gino Cappelletti!

Happy Birthday to 2006 inductee Cammi Granato!
03/25/2020

Happy Birthday to 2006 inductee Cammi Granato!

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Geno Auriemma!
03/23/2020

Happy Birthday to 2007 inductee Geno Auriemma!

Happy Birthday to 2004 inductee Jim Covert!
03/22/2020

Happy Birthday to 2004 inductee Jim Covert!

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Life Lessons You Learn from Hockey..... We all learn important life lessons as we grow. Hockey offers many unique opportunities to learn valuable skills we all need as adults. Here are my top 5 Hockey Life Lessons.... Good Sportsmanship We can’t all win at everything in life, so learning this at a young age is important. Learning to be a gracious loser isn’t easy, but encouraged in hockey. Shaking hands with the other team after a game is a well known tradition of hockey etiquette that can be relatable to other game experiences in life . Observing how teammates, coaches and parents react when you lose a game, will also help mold your own attitude when it comes to winning and losing. Working with Others – Teamwork Learning to work together with others is crucial in life with family, at school or at work.Sometimes you need to depend on and work with others and trust that they will help you out when you need them. As a team player, you will gain knowledge and experience as you work with your teammates to achieve the same goals. Communication & Listening Skills Communication is key to playing a team sport. The skill of communicating and listening effectively is paramount in any group activity that aims for a similar result. Listening while your coaches talk and communicating with your team on the ice will help develop these important life skills. Following rules Self explanatory there. Life is full of rules we all need to follow. In almost in every aspect of our daily lives, we will be required to follow some rules…just as in Hockey. Learning early in life to play with rules, boundaries and limitations will help you function and adapt to rules in society as you grow. Setting Goals Having goals and developing a strong work ethic and will take you far in life. Everyone needs to practice to become good at something, and hockey is no exception. Hockey helps you practice this skill by encouraging players to develop their techniques, work on their game and set future goals. Players realize the importance of training to become successful....These lessons become the foundation of your future,The sport is truly a Life Lesson Sport.....The Hockey Life article by John Conenna are articles written weekly...Conenna was inducted into The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019..Pictured below are John and son Vincent Conenna,the Head Hockey Coach JV for St.Viator High School in Arlington Hts,Illinois.
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You guys should be the experts in this. Who would you say was the FIRST ITALIAN-American sports super star in this country?
State hockey hall of famer John Conenna Posted by: Vincent Martorano in Athletic Achievers, Profiles December 10, 2019 0 An abiding passion for hockey propelled John Conenna to the pinnacle of the sport in Illinois. From standout grade-school goalie to stellar high school coach to Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, John Conenna has excelled at every local level of the sport. The soon-to-be-60-year-old travel agency owner was bitten by the hockey bug when he was only 8. “I used to watch a group of boys in my neighborhood play street hockey outside my window,” Conenna says. “I figured I’d tag along and try it and I was hooked.” His choice of positions was influenced by the play of legendary Chicago Blackhawks goalie Tony Esposito. “When he skated out and took control of the net, I knew at that very moment I would strive to be the best goalie,” Conenna recalls. And his passion for the sport was fueled by the friends he made while playing it, including Don Ciochon and John Socha, and in particular Ron Glaubitz. “He was the goaltender who was my rival. He pushed me to another level,” Conenna explains. “Every night I had to prepare for him. He brought out the best in me.” Another huge influence was his first coach, Stan Gialo, who led the Harwood Heights Bruins from 1972 to 1976. “He was such a fun-loving family guy who loves playing hockey and seeing everyone develop into better players,” Conenna shares. But his biggest influence was his father. “My dad was a workaholic and he gave me this great work ethic that I put toward the game,” Conenna reveals. The Bruins went to the 1976 championship with Conenna in goal, and he continued his standout play in high school under another dynamic Italian American, head coach Jimmy Nardella of the Holy Cross Crusaders. “He was a very aggressive, motivational type of coach and a real inspiration to me,” Conenna says. Conenna was staunch in the net throughout his high school career, helping to propel the Crusaders to the state finals in 1978. His collegiate run was cut short by a knee injury, but his years as a goalie prepared him for life as a coach. “I saw the game from the net,” he explains. “I could really visualize who was in position, who was working, and it really gave me a good perspective on the game.” Conenna cut his coaching teeth at Holy Cross, working with the goalies for Nardella’s Crusaders. As the head coach of the Northwest Chargers from 1993 to 2003, he guided his team to several first place finishes in the Northern Illinois Hockey League as well as one trip to the state finals. And he took the Conant Cougars to the final four during a 12-year stint as head coach that earned him the following praise from the president of the Conant Hockey Club at the time: “Your hard work and complete dedication have elevated your program to one of the most respected high school clubs in Illinois,” Mark Barbera wrote in a commemorative book assembled when Conenna retired. “The lives of these players have been changed in a positive way that no other coach could have ever done.” Conenna led his team to a 14 and 1 record during the second of two years in charge of the newly formed White Team of the DePaul Blue Demons to cap his coaching career. Conenna won Coach of the Year honors twice during his storied run, but his proudest moments in the sport came while coaching his son, Vince, at DePaul, and watching from the stands as his daughter, Julianna, danced for the Blackhawks. “And I have to give credit to my wife, Connie,” Conenna adds. “She was my rock throughout all this.” Now, Conenna will be one of five coaches inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame on Jan. 26 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. (847-269-2922) “I remember my roots of those days playing with my friends,” Conenna says of his most recent honor. “To get to this, it’s a dream I never thought could happen.” The above appears in the January 2020 issue of the print version of Fra Noi. Our gorgeous, monthly magazine contains a veritable feast of news and views, profiles and features, entertainment and culture. To subscribe, click here.
2019 IHHF Bio Series: John Conenna Posted by Administrator John Conenna Coaches’ Category ~ Class of 2019 John was born and raised in the village of Norridge, Illinois, during the late 1960’s and through the 1970’s hockey became the theme of his neighborhood. Playing on the streets was John’s first introduction to the game and then on to the nearby ponds and over to his first league which was in the neighboring village of Harwood Heights. Hockey was by far John’s favorite sport and it became a daily passion for him. Some of his favorite idols growing up were Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, and the great Stan Mikita. Throughout his playing career, John was a goaltender from his start in youth hockey, continuing in high school, and also in college at Loyola University. John attended Holy Cross High School in River Grove, Illinois. While in high school, he worked for his father at the family business, Venus Travel, which he opened in 1968 and still stands to this day at 7418 West Belmont Avenue in Chicago. He continued working there during his college years as well. John’s first introduction to coaching came about at Holy Cross High School. He became the goaltending coach under head coach James Nardella, who he played for while at Holy Cross. After a brief stint as an assistant coach in Winnetka, John took some time off to run the family business. In 1985, John married his wife Connie Conenna and moved to Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and raised their two children, Vincent and Julianna. While residing in Elk Grove Village, John’s coaching career took shape starting with the Northwest Chargers from 1993 to 2006. During that same period he coached the Conant Cougars High School Team in Schaumburg, Illinois, from 2000 to 2012. John also made time to coach the DePaul University Hockey Club from 2006 to 2008. After Terry Stasica’s retirement from Conant High School, John became President and Varsity Coach of the Conant Cougars. Stasica hand-picked John in 2000 to lead his beloved club. In addition, John became Vice President of the Metro Northwest Hockey League from 2005 to 2009. He was a two-time Coach of the Year with the Northwest Chargers in 1998 and also for Conant High School in 2009. John credits a great part of his career to some of his mentors. His very first coach, Stan Gialo of Harwood Heights, Mike and James Nardella at Holy Cross, who truly were giants at this great game. Gary Pheipher at Loyola University, who showed him the game at a different level. John’s father, Vincenzo Conenna, who demonstrated to him every day to work hard at whatever you do. John is truly honored to be a part of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame and accepts humbly this honor of honors. He attributes his success to the love, devotion, and support given by his parents, Vincenzo and Elisabetta Conenna, along with his wife Connie and their children, Vincent and Julianna. NOTES: The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at (847) 269-2922 or email Norm at [email protected].
As Ernie DiGregorio, the NBA Rookie of the Year with the Braves in 1974, is being enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, I just wanted to make you aware of my new book, "HOMEGROWN, The Making of the 1972-73 PC Friars". I was fortunate enough to talk with Ernie and several friends of the late, great Marvin Barnes, in the compilation of material for this book I hope you might find this title of interest. https://www.amazon.com/Homegrown-Making-1972-73-Providence-College/dp/1092494634/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=Paul+Lonardo&qid=1566446324&s=gateway&sr=8-1o