|Class:||Class of 1998|
|Enshrined:||Inducted September 17, 2010|
Kyle Lanfear is considered by many to be the greatest defenseman to ever skate for the Purple Knights. An outstanding high school player at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, he was the Burlington Free Press’s very first “Mr. Hockey” – the newspaper’s choice as the top high school player in Vermont. When he enrolled at Saint Michael’s, he quickly became one of the major building blocks of the great Purple Knight hockey teams of the late 1990’s. A four-time NCAA Division II All-American, he was named All-ECAC twice and was also a two-time New England Hockey Writer’s All-Star. He was the first – and at his induction remained the only – defenseman in Saint Michael’s history to eclipse the 100-career point plateau. Overall, he graduated ranked #5 on the program’s all-time scorer’s list, and was ninth at the time of his induction, with 32 goals and 87 assists for 119 points. After posting winning records in his first two years with the team, Kyle helped the Knights achieve dramatic success over the final two – in 1996-97, they had the best overall (17-7-1) and ECAC (11-2-1) records in program history up to that time. The following year, the team went 20-7-0 overall, and 12-2-0 in the ECAC, capturing the 1998 ECAC Central Division Championship. Over the final two years of Kyle’s career, Saint Michael’s was an intimidating 20-2-1 at home!