Breslow to enter Jackie Robinson Wing
A pair of all-time hockey greats from Fairfield, and a Trumbull native now toiling at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox, were named to the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Marty Roos and Julie Chu of Fairfield and Craig Breslow of Trumbull were named to the shrine at an announcement at UConn-Stamford made by Tom Chiappetta, President and CEO of the Fairfield County Sports Commission.
Roos, Chu and Breslow were three of the seven inductees and were joined by Nadine Domond (Bridgeport), the late Mickey Connolly (Norwalk) Efrain "Chico" Chacurian (Bridgeport) and the late John "Sharkey" Laureno (Stamford).
Chu and Breslow will enter the Jackie Robinson Professional Wing and Roos will be a part of the J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Wing.
Breslow is currently in his ninth year in the Major Leagues and has become one of the top left-handed set-up relievers in baseball.
He was a key member of the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Championship team, pitching in 10 post-season games and winning one in the AL Divisional Series.
After a standout career at Yale where he was team captain, Breslow was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round in 2002. He made his pro debut with the San Diego Padres in 2005.
The Trumbull High graduate, who pitched the school to a Class LL state championship in 1998, also has pitched for Cleveland, Minnesota, Arizona and Oakland.
He was second in the American League in appearances by a pitcher in both 2009 (77 games) and 2010 (75 games).
"The Board felt that when you are dealing with a player who is part of a team, they should be in the professional wing," Chiappett said. "That's why you have Julie as a member of the professional wing."
Chu's 14-year hockey career as a member of the U.S. National team has been filled with major accomplishments and honors.
The Fairfield native, who attended Rosemary Choate during her high school years, is a four-time Olympian and four-time world champion. She has been one of the leaders of the women's hockey program and has won three silver medals and a bronze in the Olympics.
She received one of the highest honors a U.S. athlete can receive when she was named by fellow Team USA members to lead the team as flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Games in Socchi.
Chu won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2007 as the best female collegiate hockey player during an illustrious career at Harvard, where she finished as the NCAA's all-time points scorer at the time.
Julie Chu's father, Wah Chu, was on hand for the Stamford ceremony.
"The excitement of the Olympics is that of the world coming together. There are no politics; no conflicts. I wish the world was always like the Olympics," he said.
"Julie is deciding what she is going to do from here, but I know whatever it is it will involve promoting, coaching or being active in youth sports, particularly for girls sports.
“And I want to say this about Fairfield County. In 1984 we left the Big Apple to come to Fairfield and it was the best decision we ever made as a family.
“It empowered Julie. She played hockey with the boys at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport and in high school and she never had one problem."
Chiappetta said, "She was chosen to be the flag bearer for the United States Olympic team. I don't think there is any more you need to know about Julie Chu than receiving that honor."
Roos retired in 2012 after 40 years of coaching with the most victories of any hockey coach in the state with 536.
During his long coaching career he shaped two of the state's elite programs in Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame of Fairfield
In 1971, he became the first coach at Prep, where he won 265 games and four state titles in 19 seasons.
Roos spent 21 years at Notre Dame starting in 1991 and helped the Lancers move from Division II to a DI annual competitor, winning a state championship in 1999 and adding another in 2006.
He won a Gold Key in 2011 and is a member of both the CT State HS Coaches (2009) and Notre Dame High HOFs. The CIAC state hockey tournament is named for Roos.