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Henry (Hank) Nowak '57 - Known as "Hammerin' Hank," Nowak's 1,449 points ranked third on the Canisius all-time scoring chart at the time of his induction. The three-year letter winner posted 880 rebounds in his career and as a freshman was the team's high-scorer, averaging 19 points per game. In his sophomore season he was named to the Aud's All-Area Team and banked 418 points, the most ever for a second year player at the time. His 1955-'56 team is also in the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2007. As a junior, Nowak was named UPI All-East Second Team as well as the Queen City Invitational All-Tournament Team. In his senior year he was again named to the All-Tournament team, earning MVP honors as well. At the time of his induction, Nowak ranked number one in career-attempted free throws (833) and second on career-made free throws (557). He made 161 of 246 free throws in the 1955-'56 season and earned 467 points including 153 field goals and 161 free throws. Team captain of the 1956-'57 squad, Canisius had its only three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In the nine NCAA Tournament games, Nowak averaged 19.4 points, including 29 points against NC State and Dartmouth and 27 points versus Villanova. In his senior season, he earned 564 points, then a team-high and the most points ever by a Golden Griffin in a single season. Nowak was also named to the NCAA's Silver Anniversary Team in 1982. After graduation, Nowak was drafted by St. Louis (NBA) as the fourth-round, fourth pick in 1957. He went on to become a Congressman with the U.S. House of Representatives. His daughter, Diane (Nowak) Kent is also in the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2002.