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The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame will induct four of the game’s all-time greats on November 12 in Toronto, with Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure getting the call to the Hall yesterday. Sakic and Sundin were both on the ballot for the first time( having been retired for the minimum of three years), while Oates made it after five years, with Bure making it after his sixth year of waiting. It may have been the greatest day for Oates between the four, as he was named as the head coach of the Washington Capitals just hours prior to the announcement. As is almost always the case, a few good men were left off of the inductees list, with Brendan Shanahan being the most recognizable name amongst hockey fans. But it was only his first year of eligibility, and most expect Shanahan will receive the call sooner rather than later. Other retirees still waiting for their big day include Eric Lindros, Jeremy Roenick, Curtis Joseph, Phil Housley and Dave Andeychuk. Former head coaches Pat Burns and Fred Shero were also among the names left off again this season. Of the four new inductees, Sakic arguably had the best career and put up the most impressive numbers. Beginning his career when the were the Quebec Nordiques, Sakic won a Stanley Cup when the team moved to become the Colorado Avalanche. Besides his amazing stats, Sakick also captured all the hardware he could, winning the Hart Trophy and Conn Smythe Award while also winning an Olympic Gold Medal with Team Canada. Sundin was actually a teammate of Sakic’s in Quebec, although many will remember him primarily for his days with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He still holds many of the franchise’s offensive records for a forward. He was also the first European born player to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft. Oates will be seeking his first Stanley Cup championship with the Capitals, as he never won one as a player or assistant coach, coming the closest as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils this past month. Oates was not the scorer that the other players were, but he was one of the best set-up men in the history of the game. He goes down as the man with the sixth most assists in NHL history. Bure was another classic goal scorer who amazed fans when he burst onto the scene with the Vancouver Canucks in 1992. Known as the Russian Rocket, Bure was an amazing talent who was limited in his career due to chronic knee injuries. But he still scored 779 points in 702 career games, highlighted by two 6o goal seasons and a Stanley Cup Finals loss to the New York Rangers in 1994. Some of the players eligible for the first time in 2013 include Keith Tkachuk, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Rob Brind’Amour and Rob Blake.    

Canucks issue a lame duck press release congratulating Pavel Bure & Mats Sundin

Two former Vancouver Canucks made it to the Hockey Hall of Fame today. Now while I hardly consider Mats Sundin a "former Canuck" I guess this time that is fine. In my opinion though the Canucks dropped the ball this time. There should have been seperate press releases. That much is obvious isn't it? I is the release. Quote: Vancouver...

Four elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Twelve-time All-Star Joe Sakic was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday in his first year of eligibility, joining Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates as the newest class of inductees. The four former NHL stars were chosen by the hall's 18-member selection committee. The induction ceremony will be held on Nov. 12. Sakic had 625 goals and 1,016 assists in his 20-year...

Former Blue, Brett Hull Dishman Adam Oates Chosen For Hockey Hall Of Fame

About flipping time. It’s taken too long, considering that he retired in 2004 and has been eligible for five years, but Adam Oates has finally been selected to join the Hockey Hall of Fame. Oates had the most points of anyone not in the HHOF, but he is probably best known for his time playing with Brett Hull. Thankfully that coincided with the early 90s to give us the “Hull...

Oates hired as Capitals coach

Former All-Star center Adam Oates is returning to Washington, this time as coach of the Capitals. Oates, an assistant the past two seasons with the New Jersey Devils, was announced as the replacement for former teammate Dale Hunter. "We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals," GM George McPhee said in a statement released...

Capitals Name Adam Oates Head Coach

As first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger, the Washington Capitals have named Adam Oates to replace the resigned Dale Hunter as head coach.  Oates played for the Capitals from 1997-2002, and was a team captain under George McPhee.  He takes this job after being an assistaint in New Jersey and being behind the bench for the Devils' Stanley Cup Final run this spring. Andy...

Adam Oates Hall Of Fame Case

After the Hall of Fame announcements,  like to post my take on the Hall of Fame case for each of the players inducted.  Yesterday I posted the case for Pavel Bure.  Today I follow up with Adam Oates.  In the future I will do Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin. I use the Keltner List a series of qualitative questions that are borrowed from baseball that do a good job of capturing what...

Why Sundin?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet, I always suspected Mats Sundin would be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but not on the first ballot. With all due respect to the big Swede, I always felt there was enough ammunition for not voting him into the Hall that, at the very least, he would have to wait a few more years before being enshrined. No Stanley Cup. No trips to the Stanley Cup...

Reactions To The Adam Oates Hire From Our Caps Correspondent

Caps correspondent Brad Parker reacts to the Adam Oates hire. Once again the Caps have hired a coach that has no head coaching experience on the NHL level. And for the second straight time they’ve hired a formal Capitals captain. So why is Adam Oates the right man for the job? The most obvious issue over the past two seasons has been the lack of offense. Oates has had major success...

Any Other Slam-Dunks For The HHOF Besides Sakic?

from the CP at TSN, Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan, Mats Sundin and Jeremy Roenick lead the list of first-year eligible players hoping to get the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Hall will announces its newest inductees on Tuesday. The 2012 class will enter the Hall on Nov. 22. “Every year now it’s getting real difficult,” Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman, a member of the Hall’s...

Adam Oates takes his crack at Alexander Ovechkin

As an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, Adam Oates helped goal-scoring winger Ilya Kovalchuk became a better all-around player.Now he turns his attention to Alex Ovechkin. Oates, the latest Capitals head coach, will have his hands full getting Ovie back on a his superstar track.“Ilya is a great guy and he made those adjustments willingly and it was a huge part for him...

HHOF Screwed Over Shanny

For some reason I couldn't find a similar picture of Sundin... Shanahan was up for the Hockey Hall of Fame this year and I haven't wrote about it, because, well, I figured I'd get to it when he was inducted.  Because of course he'd be inducted right?  Going against the likes of Bure and Sundin, talented guys but ones who never won anything, Shanny and Sakic were...

No Hall of Fame For Roenick

Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Brendan Shanahan and Jeremy Roenick will headline next year’s class after being passed on this year.

Afternoon Line

“It’s not blocking the shots and it’s not dump and chase.  Any system that I play I learn a lot. I’m an offensive guy, it’s not a secret to anybody, and I’m pretty excited and very happy to hear the Caps signed that kind of guy who likes offence.” -Alex Ovechkin on the hiring of Adam Oates as head coach of the Washington Capitals.  More from Ovechkin by Chris Johnston...
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