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Phil Housley Finally A Hall Of Famer

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Housley was in Arizona helping his son, one of four children, move into his own place in anticipation of attending Arizona State University. It was supposed to be about his son that weekend and instead he ended up on the phone doing interview after interview when news of his induction spread.

Housley, who recently became a grandfather, said he knew the Arizona trip would coincide with the annual Hall of Fame call, a call that had failed to be delivered to Housley for more than a decade since he became eligible.

"I wasn't really too worried because in past years I didn't want to get disappointed, but 10 minutes later I saw the phone and it had a 416 area code (Toronto), so I said, 'This could be the call' and sure enough Lanny (McDonald) and John Davidson were on the other end," Housley recalled.

"I think you look at who's going in (the Hall of Fame), you can't argue with the players that have gone in before me during that time when I had a chance to be elected. You can't argue. In the '80s and '90s there were so many impact players in the game that did a lot of amazing things. You sort of analyze it for a little bit and then you move on and you just hope the next year. But certainly when you do get the call it sort of erases all those years that you were able to elected (and weren't). You just forget about it and you just focus on what an incredible honor it's going to be."

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