Colorado Springs, Colo. – The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced on Monday the finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022.
Olympic gold medalist Cammi Granato was named one of 15 Olympian finalists while three-time Paralympic gold medalist Steve Cash was named one of nine finalists on the Paralympian side. The 2002 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, which won Team USA’s first-ever Para Ice Hockey gold, is up for induction alongside the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team.
In addition, Walter Bush was named a finalist as a special contributor, the inductee to be selected by a special panel.
USA Hockey fans can vote for Granato, Cash and the 2022 Team from now through May 16 to help determine the inductees.
Cammi Granato was the captain of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team, which won the event’s first-ever gold medal in Nagano. The team was previously inducted in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.
Granato, the all-time leader in points for the U.S. Women’s National team with 343 (186 goals – 157 assists) was the first woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2008. In addition to her ground-breaking gold in the 1998 Games, Granato helped lead the U.S. to its first IIHF Women’s World Championship gold in 2005.
Arguably the greatest sled hockey player of all time, Steve Cash helped Team USA to an unprecedented three-straight Paralympic Gold Medals in 2010, 2014 and 2018 before announcing his retirement in October 2021.
Affectionately known by his teammates as “Cash Money,” Cash was a staple in the Paralympics and on the international stage for 16 seasons, collecting three Paralympic golds along with five world championship golds, two silver medals and one bronze.
Winners of the first-ever Paralympic sled hockey gold medal in Team USA history, the 2002 team paved the way for the success that has followed on the ice. The team has medaled in every Games since then, including four-straight gold medals.
Skating to a 6-0 record on home ice in Salt Lake, the team outscored its opponents by a combined score of 22-3 on its way to a gold-medal matchup against Norway. In a tightly contested battle, the U.S. came out victorious in a 4-3 shootout win.
A U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, the significance and impact Walter Bush had on hockey in the United States cannot be understated. Bush helped guide the 1959 Men’s National Team as well as the 1964 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, and also served on the USOPC council.
Bush was the president and vice president of the Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association and the director of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (now USA Hockey). He was the first “grass roots American” to win the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1973, and was a man with true passion for the game of hockey.