Hamilton will present an honorary degree to its most celebrated hockey player during the weekend marking the 100th anniversary of hockey on College Hill and in Clinton. Guy Hebert, a 1989 Hamilton graduate who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Saturday, Feb. 10, in a 2:30 p.m. ceremony at the Clinton Central School Performing Arts Center.
A studio art major, the Troy, N.Y., native led the Continentals to three straight ECAC playoff appearances and a number one national ranking in 1989 for the first time in the program’s history. He set a school record his senior year for most wins in a season and was named a first-team All-American.
During his junior year, he was drafted in the eighth round by the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He finished his Hamilton degree before playing more than two seasons for the IHL’s Peoria Rivermen, eventually earning a promotion to the parent club.
In the 1993 expansion draft, Hebert was the number one pick for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He spent the next eight years as the team’s starting goalie, becoming one of the NHL’s premier netminders in the 1990s and earning a spot in the league’s All-Star game in 1997. He finished the 2000-01 season with the New York Rangers before retiring the following year.
Hebert represented the United States at the 1994 World Championships, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He was named male athlete of the year by U.S.A. Hockey in 1993-94 and helped Team USA finish fourth at the World Championships that same year.
Hebert is currently a broadcaster for Fox Sports West, where he offers in-depth analysis for the Ducks pregame and postgame shows. He is married to Hamilton classmate Sarah Szalach ’89.