There may not be any action on the ice right now in the NHL due to the ongoing lockout but there is plenty of news taking place in the world of hockey including the induction of four new members into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame.
Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin were all honored by being welcomed into the most prestigious club of hockey players to ever play the game earlier this week.
In Sakic’s 20-year career the center scored 625 goals while dishing out 1016 assists in 1378 games along with winning two Stanley Cups, being names to 13 All-Star teams and league MVP once following the 2000-01 season. Sakic is also regarded as one of the finest players in Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise history where he spent his entire career.
Bure was one of the top scorers of his era from the ring wing position despite playing for just 12 seasons. Through those 12 years Bure scored 437 goals and assisted on 342 others for a total of 779 points in just 702 games for an average of an incredible 1.11 points per game. Bure also won back-to-back Rocket Richard Trophies as the league’s leading scorer in the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons along with being named to six All-Star teams and winning the All-Star MVP award in 2000.
13 of Sundin’s 18-year career was spent playing center for the Toronto Maple Leafs and in his 1346 game career he scored 564 goals and had 785 assists for a total of 1349 points. Sundin played for Quebec for the first seasons of his career and finished his career playing one year with the Vancouver Canucks. Along the way of his 18 NHL seasons Sundin was named an All-Star on nine occasions all consecutively from 1996-2004.
Oates had a fine 19-year NHL career as a center before becoming a coach following his retirement. Oates was hired to be the head coach of the Washington Capitals prior to the beginning of the 2012-13 season but has since been assigned as the co-head coach of the Caps AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears. Oates racked up 1,079 assists and 341 goals while playing in 1,337 games and being selected to five All-Stars teams in his career.
Congratulations to all four players; you all truly deserved the honor of being amongst the greats in Toronto.