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by Paul on 11/12/13 at 09:46 AM ET
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
No sooner had the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class been inducted than the focus turned to the 2014 class.
There are new names eligible this year to go with ones overlooked and still sitting around with fingers crossed.
Here’s a look at some names sure to be bandied about.
Mike Modano: Quite possibly the greatest American hockey player ever. . . . A first overall pick of the Minnesota North Stars (1989). . . . Final career numbers: 561 goals, 1,374 career points, both good for 23rd most in NHL history. . . . Also led the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1998-99 with 23 points in 23 games.
Dominik Hasek: Might have been in the Hall sooner but kept coming out of retirement to play in Europe. (Players must be retired three years to be eligible.) A 16-year veteran: 735 games played. . . . 11th on all-time list with 389 wins, 2.20 GAA, .922 save percentage. . . . Six-time Vezina winner. . . . Three-time William Jennings winner. . . . Two-time Hart Trophy winner. . . . Two-time Ted Lindsay award winner. . . . Won Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002. . . . Won Olympic gold (1998).
Peter Forsberg: Injury-riddled career means he’s not a slam-dunk. . . . His 885 points put him 104th on the all-time list, in the same neighbourhood as others on the bubble (Gary Roberts, 96th; Eric Lindros, 113th). . . . But Forsberg won the Cup twice in Colorado and Olympic gold twice with Sweden (1994, 2006). . . . Won the Art Ross and Hart Memorial trophies in 2002-03 with 106 points in 75 games.
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