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POTSDAM - Potsdam native and Clarkson University Men’s Hockey All-American Craig Conroy will once again take to center ice in Cheel Arena for the retirement of jersey number 7, which Conroy wore as a Golden Knight from 1990 to 1994.

Conroy’s family will join him for the unveiling of his number pennant during a special ceremony the evening of Oct. 20, as the Golden Knights take on the College of Holy Cross in home ice action.

Conroy and six others will also be inducted into the Clarkson Athletics Hall of Fame that evening.

Tickets for this special evening of hockey history are available online at http://clarksonathletics.com, by calling 315-268-7750, or by visiting the Cheel Arena box office weekdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The son of Marianne and Mike Conroy, Craig Conroy skated three years for Potsdam Central High School (1986-89) and then played at Northwood Prep in Lake Placid during the 1989-90 season.

His father Mike ’73 and uncles Terry Conroy ’78 and Tom Taylor ’82 also skated for the Golden Knights, with Craig and Mike Conroy still the only father/son combination in Clarkson’s 100-point club.

One of the all-time fan favorites in the long, rich tradition of Clarkson Hockey, Conroy helped to lead the Golden Knights to some of their best seasons ever during the 1990s, and then went on to a lengthy and illustrious career in the NHL.

Conroy ranks as one of the Green and Gold’s all-time leading scorers with 167 career points (63-104) in 140 games from 1990-94. He was the 1994 Hobey Baker Award Runner-up and All-America in his senior campaign.

After playing on Clarkson teams, which posted four consecutive 20-plus-win seasons, made three NCAA Tournaments and captured one ECAC regular-season championship and two conference tournament titles, Conroy moved to the NHL where he skated in 1,009 games during his 17-year (1994-2011) career — 507 of those games in a Calgary Flames uniform. He recorded 542 points, including 182 goals, while notching another 30 points in 81 playoff games, playing for Montreal, St. Louis, Calgary and Los Angeles.

Frequently labeled as “the nicest guy in hockey,” Conroy has been nominated for both the Bill Masterton and King Clancy NHL awards. As well, Conroy was awarded the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award and the J.R. McCaig Award. Conroy has also been a two-time finalist for the NHL Selke Trophy, in 1998 while with St. Louis, and again in 2002 as a member of the Flames

Conroy retired from the NHL in February 2011 and immediately stepped into a management role as special assistant to the general manager of the Calgary Flames, where he serves as a liaison between the Flames professional players and both the head coach and the general manager.

Conroy, his wife, Jessie, and three children, Taylor, Sophia and Sydney, make Calgary, Alberta, their year round home.

Five other former Golden Knight athletic standouts and a long-time benefactor will be inducted into the Clarkson University Athletic Hall of Fame the same night. Clarkson will honor Barney Adams ‘62, Mark Bissonette ‘81, Bill Blackwood ‘78, Linda Bondellio ‘03, Tom Hurley ‘66 and Frank Rotunno ‘56.

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