The Rochester Americans will induct former team captain Mike Hurlbut into the Amerks Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 10 as part of Seneca Casinos Legends Night when the team hosts the Hamilton Bulldogs at The Blue Cross Arena at 7:05 p.m.
Hurlbut will become the 55th member of the exclusive club as selected by the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame Committee when he is inducted in an on-ice ceremony prior to the start of the game. He will also be available to sign autographs for fans in the main concourse during the first intermission. A 1989 graduate of St. Lawrence and an All America defenseman for the Saints, he is now the associate head hockey coach for the men's program at his alma mater and is in his 12th season on the Saint staff.
Hurlbut is the longest-tenured captain in the storied history of the Amerks, having worn the "C" during all five of his seasons in Rochester (1997-98 to 2001-02) while leading the team to multiple appearances in the Calder Cup Finals. The defenseman appeared in 288 games with the Amerks and recorded 167 points on 44 goals and 123 assists to rank tied for fifth all-time in points and 11th in games played among Rochester defensemen. In four of his five seasons with the Amerks, Hurlbut either held or shared the team lead in points by a blueliner.
A native of Massena, New York, Hurlbut led the Amerks to successful playoff runs as the team appeared in back-to-back Calder Cup Finals in 1999 and 2000. In those two postseasons, Hurlbut appeared in a total of 40 games and collected 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists. He appeared in 51 career playoff contests during his Amerks tenure, ranking eighth all-time and third among defensemen in franchise history. He also represented the Amerks at two AHL All-Star Games and served as captain for the Planet USA team in 2001.
Hurlbut appeared in 839 career professional hockey games between the NHL, AHL and IHL. He was originally selected by the New York Rangers in the 1989 NHL Supplemental Draft.