Athletic Hall of Fame – 2017 Inductees

Pictured (l-r): Inductees Al Moskal ’67, Noble Allen ’82, Richard Schmidt ’62, Paul Gallerani ’67, Fred Kreitzberg ’57, Dan Rowan ’97, Shane Abrams ’97, Curt McCarthy ’77, Rene Cheatham ’07 & M’14.

Nine individuals and the 1966–67 men’s ice hockey team were inducted into the prestigious Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the 35th annual induction ceremony. The 2017 class features former football, soccer, and men’s ice hockey greats.

Richard Schmidt ’62, Paul Gallerani ’67, Curt McCarthy ’77, Dan Rowan ’97, Shane Abrams ’97, and Rene Cheatham ’07 & M’14 were the six regular inductees. Noble Allen ’82 and Al Moskal ’67 were inducted as distinguished letter winners, and Fred Kreitzberg ’57 was this year’s honorary inductee.

Schmidt was a three-year letter winner on the football team. He served as a co-captain as a senior in 1961 and was also named to the Vermont All-State team as well. He was a mainstay on the Cadets’ offensive line under head coach Bob Priestley and became a member of Skull and Swords while at Norwich.

Gallerani was an integral member of the 1966–67 men’s ice hockey squad. He put together one of the best single-season point totals in program history with 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points in 24 games as a senior.

McCarthy was a two-sport standout on the soccer field and the baseball diamond. A four-year letter recipient on the soccer team at defense, he was named the team’s most valuable player twice, as a sophomore and senior. In his final year on the squad, McCarthy had a goal and an assist for three points.

In just three seasons with the men’s ice hockey team, Rowan tied for 28th on the all-time Norwich University men’s hockey career points list with 61 goals and 64 assists for a total of 125 points in 77 games played.

Abrams was another two-sport standout during his tenure in the Maroon & Gold as a member of the football and basketball teams. He was a two-time Freedom Football Conference (FFC) All-Conference selection, including being named to the first team for special teams and the second team for defense as a junior. He served as the team captain as a senior and earned multiple FFC Player of the Week honors.

Cheatham was a four-year standout on the men’s basketball team for head coach Paul Booth. He was a three-time Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Conference selection, concluding his career with first-team honors as a senior. In his final year, he averaged 18.8 points per game and was named most valuable player.

Moskal was a senior on the 1966 football team that went 6-2 and compiled the best record since the 1951 squad. He scored eight touchdowns in his final season to lead the team and rank among the leaders in New England. He also was named to the Vermont All-State team as a senior after setting the program record for pass attempts in a career at the time.

Allen was a four-year letter recipient with the men’s soccer team and an All-New England Honorable Mention selection as a senior. He helped lead NU to the most wins in program history at the time with an 8-6-1 record in 1981.

Kreitzberg was the principal donor to facilitate the construction of Kreitzberg Arena, which was built in 1998 and remains one of college hockey’s premier facilities. He and his wife, Barbara, also contributed generously to the building of the Kreitzberg Library in 1993. He served as the chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees in the 1990s and is one of just two Partridge Society Chairman’s Four Diamond–level members.

The entire 1966–67 Cadets men’s ice hockey team was inducted
into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 1966–67 men’s ice hockey team went 14-3-1 against Division II competition and ended the season in first place. The Cadets won 15 total games, a record that stood as the program’s single-season high mark until 1981–82. NU won the eight-team Amherst Christmas Tournament. The team was coached by the late Bob Priestley and the assistant coach was John Norris ’60.

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