Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin will join the ranks of the illustrious, named two of
the four new inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Joining the first-time candidates in the 2012 class are Pavel Bure and Adam Oates.
The announcement was made Tuesday and the induction ceremony will take place November 12 in Toronto.
Sakic was one of the few players who spent his entire career with one
franchise. The 13-time All-Star was a first-round draft pick of the Quebec
Nordiques back in 1987, eight years before they moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche.
After 20 seasons, Sakic retired as the franchise’s all-time leader with 625
goals and 1,016 assists and also won the Hart Trophy in 2001.
The suburban Vancouver native was a key figure in the Avalanche’s two Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP in the ’96 championship run. He also earned tournament MVP honors as Canada skated off with the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
Sundin, who played with Sakic his first four years in the NHL, spent 13
seasons with the Maple Leafs and still holds Toronto franchise records for
most points, goals, power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals
and overtime goals.
A 2006 Olympic gold medal-winner with Sweden, Sundin totaled 1,349 points in 1,346 NHL games. He scored 564 goals and had 785 assists.
Bure, nicknamed the “Russian Rocket,” averaged 36.7 goals per season in 12 NHL campaigns. He twice reached the 60-goal plateau (1992-94) and three times more tallied at least 50 (1997-98, 1999-2001). He won the Calder Trophy in 1992 with the Canucks and the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2000 and 2001 with the Panthers, finishing his injury-shortened NHL career with 437 goals and 779 points.
Oates, who just several hours prior to his selection was named the head
coach of the Washington Capitals, ranks sixth all-time in NHL history with
1,079 assists and 16th with 1,420 points. He played 1,337 career games with
Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Edmonton.
The 49-year-old Ontario native was dealt here towards the end of the 2002
season for goaltender Maxime Ouellet and a first-round pick. Despite 10 points
in the final 14 regular-season games, he contributed two assists in a first-
round loss to Ottawa and was not re-signed.
Two former Flyers who were not chosen for enshrinement were Jeremy Roenick and Eric Lindros.
Roenick, one of five American-born players to reach the 500-goal plateau and
one of just six to reach 1,000 career points, played in Philadelphia from
2001-04. He amassed 67 goals and 173 points in 216 regular-season games here, adding 21 points in 36 postseason appearances.
Over his 20 year career with Chicago, Phoenix, Philly, Los Angeles, and San
Jose, he totaled 513 goals and 1,216 points in 1,363 games.
Lindros was a force during his time with the Orange and Black, striking for
290 goals and 659 points in 486 contests. He finished his 14-year NHL career
by tallying 372 goals with 865 points in just 760 games.
The 1995 Hart Trophy recipient contributed 24 goals and 57 points in 53
playoff games, all but three of those with Philadelphia.