The Hockey Hall of Fame will be welcoming four more members in the player
category this November, as the selection committee announced Tuesday that Joe Sakic
, Mats Sundin
, Adam Oates
and Pavel Bure
have been chosen for
Sakic won two Stanley Cups and finished his career with 625 goals and 1,016
assists in 1,378 NHL games. He started his NHL career in 1988 with the Quebec
Nordiques, moving with the team to Colorado in 1995.
Sakic's trophy case includes the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year
Award (1988), Conn Smythe Trophy (1996), Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (2001),
Lester B. Pearson Award (2001) and Hart Memorial Trophy (2001).
Sakic, who played in a dozen NHL all-star games, won the world junior
championships, world championships, World Cup and Olympics in addition to the
Sundin collected 564 goals and 785 assists from his 1,346 games in the NHL.
Best known as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Swede also played for
Quebec and Vancouver.
Oates, who was named head coach of the Washington Capitals earlier on
Tuesday, retired in 2004 after tallying 1,420 points in 1,337 games with
Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim, and Edmonton. He
played in five NHL All-Star Games during his 19-season career and was named to
the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1991.
Bure played for 12 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida
Panthers and New York Rangers, averaging better than a point per game in his NHL
career (779 points with 437 goals in 702 NHL games).
The 2012 class will enter the Hall on Nov. 12 in a ceremony that will be seen
live on TSN.
More to follow.