DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced that the UNH men's hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. the defending national champion Minnesota Golden Gophers will be Rod Langway Night in honor of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Langway played two seasons (1975-1977) as a defenseman for the Wildcat hockey team and recorded 13 goals and 56 assists for 69 points in 65 career games playing for former head coach Charlie Holt. He was originally recruited to play for head coach Bill Bowes as a quarterback and was converted to linebacker due to a logjam at the quarterback position. Langway was the starting outside linebacker of the Wildcat football team that won the 1976 Yankee Conference championship defeating Massachusetts on its way to an appearance in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Langway, a Randolph, Mass native, only played one season for the football team after redshirting his freshman year with a shoulder injury. On the field, Rod played with current head coach Sean McDonnell and Bruce Huther who went on to win the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. On the ice, Langway played with Bob Miller, Dave Lumley, Bob Gould, Bruce Crowder, Bob Francis and Gary Burns -- all of whom went on to play in the NHL. Langway, also was a teammate of former Wildcat Steve Leach with the Washington Capitals from 1986 to 1991.
Langway, one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the University of New Hampshire athletic department, played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals (11 seasons) and the Montreal Canadiens (four seasons). Langway was originally selected by Montreal with the 36th pick in the second round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. Langway recorded 51 goals and 278 assists for 329 points in 994 NHL games.
He won the Stanley Cup in 1979 with the Canadiens and was the first American-born player to earn the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the National Hockey League in 1983 and 1984. Rod, an eight-time NHL all-star, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario on Nov. 4, 2002.
Langway was born in Formosa, Taiwan on May 3, 1957 and was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame Nov. 3, 1990. He was also inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.