He will be honored at the 50th annual induction banquet scheduled for April 17, 2014, at the Denver Marriott City Center.
One of Colorado College’s all-time sports greats, Gambucci played football, hockey and baseball for the Tigers in the early 1950s. While a standout outfielder in baseball, Gambucci was especially known for his football and hockey accomplishments. He was the Rocky Mountain Conference’s most valuable football player as a senior in 1952 when he rushed for 16 touchdowns to break NFL Hall of Famer Dutch Clark’s school record.
In four seasons of hockey (1949-53), Gambucci collected 91 career points (62 goals, 29 assists) to help the 1950 squad win the program’s first of two NCAA championships.
Gambucci also played on the United States’ 1952 Olympic team that claimed a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Games in Oslo. After graduating from CC, he continued his playing career and did some coaching in Italy before returning to the Pikes Peak region where he spent 22 seasons as a referee in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Other honorees include recent Rockies retiree Todd Helton and former Broncos great Otis Armstrong, two players who played their entire professional careers with one franchise; Colorado hoops coach Forrest B. “Frosty” Cox, former Buffaloes football standout Darian Hagan and former Denver Post sports writer and columnist Dorothy Mauk, who is believed to be the first woman in the nation to work full-time in the sports department of a major metropolitan daily newspaper. She started work at the Post in 1966.