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The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame class will include, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, and Pavel Bure. Here's what the four have to say about this great acomplishment... (via Hockey Hall of Fame Website)
Pavel Bure: "It is a tremendous honour to be selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Growing up I never even thought I would be able to play in the NHL, much less make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame."
Bure played 702 games in the NHL (13 seasons) and accumulated 779 points.
Mats Sundin: "Three years have passed since I retired and it makes me realize how privileged I was to play my entire career in Canada, where hockey really matters. Having my hobby and love for a sport become my livelihood really allowed me to live out my dream."
In 18 seasons of NHL hockey, Sundin played 13 on the Maple Leafs and set records by "becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in goals with 420 and assists with 567. Sundin is the first Swedish-born player to reach 1,000 points in the NHL." - Hockey Hall of Fame.
Joe Sakic: "As a kid I always dreamed about making the NHL, but never really thought at all about the Hockey Hall of Fame. I was fortunate to play 20 seasons, which gave me the opportunity to build on my list of accomplishments. Having great teammates and coaches was a key component of this."
Joe Sakic played his entire 20-year career with the Nodiques/Avalanche franchise. He also won two Stanley Cups. "Sakic captained the team for 17 seasons, second longest in NHL history." - Hockey Hall of Fame.
Adam Oates: "It is a tremendous honour to be selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Growing up I never even thought I would be able to play in the NHL, much less make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame."
In 19 NHL seasons, Oates played with seven different teams and had 1,063 assists in his career, the sixth most all-time in NHL history.
Also congrats to Super Joe on his hall of fame nomination. My hero growing up, one of the best ever on and off the ice #HHOF12— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) June 26, 2012
Great list of inductees to the hall of fame. Bure was my favorite player growing up great to see the rocket in there!#congratstoall— Tyler Bozak (@Bozie42) June 26, 2012
BEST OF MAXIM
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 digress....here is the release.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
couldn't be happier for him. Adam is one of the truly good people in the sport, and lately there have been so many of the good people in hockey finally getting rewarded!
Rumor blog to come...
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...
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...
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.
“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...