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Michael Peca among 12 to enter Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

Former Buffalo Sabres star Michael Peca is part of a 12-person 2017 class that will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday.

The 27th class of inductees will be honored at a dinner at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in the fall and will bring to 315 the total membership in the hall.

Peca starred for the Sabres for five seasons, from 1995 to 2000, and was captain of the Buffalo team that reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1999. He won the Selke Award as the NHL's best defensive forward for Buffalo in 1997.

The other living major professional sports inductees from the class are Vaughn Paker and Willie "Hutch" Jones. Parker starred at St. Joe's and UCLA before playing 10 NFL seasons at tackle for the San Diego Chargers. Jones starred at Buffalo's Turner High and Vanderbilt before playing for the NBA's San Diego Clippers. He has run the Willie Hutch Jones Education and Sports Programs in Buffalo for more than three decades.

Other living inductees include: world champion billiards player Danny DiLiberto, world-renowned golf course developer Mike Keiser, legendary high school volleyball coach Charles O'Brien from Cleveland Hill, U.S. Olympic rowing coach Tom Terhaar and NCAA All-American shot put and discus thrower Stacey Schroeder-Watt.

Four inductees are deceased. They are Olympic swimming gold medalist Charles Daniels, Buffalo State softball coach Sandra Hollander, NHL administrator and coach E.J. McGuire and major league baseball manager Danny Ozark.

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