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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The Hockey Hall of Fame is not a church. It just feels like one – the stained-glass ceiling soaring in the Great Hall; the Stanley Cup sitting upon a pedestal, like a chalice upon an altar; the honored members immortalized on frosted-glass plaques, looking like ghosts.
It is tempting to call it "the sanctuary of our game," as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman did Monday night during the ceremony inducting Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin.
Even in difficult times," Bettman said, "we find ourselves reassured to be here to recognize ultimate achievements on the ice
But do you know what the Hockey Hall of Fame really is? It is a converted bank. And do you know what the NHL really is? It is a business, and among the things it sells are nostalgia and sentimentalism. It capitalizes on the reverence of "our game
The lockout taints even that.
Sorry to be so cynical, and sorry to write this on an occasion that should have belonged to the inductees and the inductees alone – Bure's speed, Oates' passing, Sakic's wrist shot, Sundin's backhand.
Just a reminder too, the incduction ceremony can be seen on the NHL Net US and TSN in Canada starting at 7:30pm ET.
Neil Greenberg at ESPN Insider discusses the chances of active NHL players making the HHOF.
It is a paid subscription article so I am listing his choices which may lead to some discussion from you.
The only thing separating these players from enshrinement is retirement.
Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Martin Brodeur, Jarome Iginla, Chris Pronger, Tim Thomas
Get the plaque ready -- just in case
Their résumés aren't flawless, but enshrinement still seems certain.
Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara, Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Thornton
Call me, maybe
If their careers continue at, or close to, their current pace, they'll gain entry into the Hall.
Jonathan Toews, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Shea Weber, Henrik Lundqvist, Steven Stamkos, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin
“It’s what every kid dreams about growing up, going in (to the Hall of Fame), but you don’t dream of going in that way.” You dream about going in as a player when you’re playing mini-sticks or table-top hockey in the basement.
“I can’t imagine a three-year-old kid running around the basement saying, ‘Gawd, I hope I go into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a writer.’ ”
-Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail columnist who will be inducted in the media wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame. More on MacGregor from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Hockey Hall of Fame resides in this city, but in a building formerly known as the Bank of Montreal. Clues about its former tenant can be seen in the thick steel doors to a vault upstairs — in a room now known as the Great Hall.
For hockey fans, no other adjective need apply to describe this and the many other rooms in the building just off the corner of Yonge and Front Streets. Under a dome of colorful stained glass, all of hockey's major trophies sit majestically, surrounded by illuminated hand-painted portraits and biographical sketches of each of the Hall of Fame's 366 members. In the converted bank vault sits the original Stanley Cup, donated by the Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892 for the winner of what was then known as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup for the best amateur team in Canada.
The much bigger, better known version of Lord Stanley's Cup sat in the Great Hall on Saturday, getting its picture taken hundreds of times surrounded by smiling men, women and children. At a time when joy in the hockey world has been absent, thanks to the tired, ongoing soap opera known as the NHL lockout, the Cup always brings a smile to peoples' faces.
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 final. No major league awards. He finished in the top 10 in NHL scoring just once. He was never a first team all-star.
Despite an otherwise great career, there just seemed to be too many reasons to force Sundin to wait longer than the required minimum of four years a player needs to be retired to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. And I certainly didn’t see him getting in ahead of Brendan Shanahan who won three Stanley Cups and was one of the games most feared combinations of goals and grit.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The Hockey Hall of Fame is an argument waiting to happen. It doesn’t matter the year. It doesn’t matter who gets elected and who doesn’t.
That is the charm of the conversation and the passion of those who follow the game and believe only what they happen to believe. And that is why, if you open up the phones on a talk show and say “Hockey Hall of Fame,” the lines are forever jammed.
Any day of the year. Any time. There is nothing that automatic. And nobody is ever wrong with their fervent and very personal views.
Mats Sundin is officially a Hall of Famer today and Brendan Shanahan is not. Therein is the joy and the aggravation of the announcement. It depends whose side you are on. In Toronto, you’re excited. In Mimico, you’re irate.
It depends which players you care about and which ones you have no interest or belief in.
Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin.
TORONTO (June 26, 2012) — Bill Hay, Chairman and CEO of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn, Co-Chairmen of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members,” said Jim Gregory. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
From Randy Boswell at Postmedia News via Calgary Herald:
The Hockey Hall of Fame is casting doubt on the authenticity of a vintage puck, touted as the one Wayne Gretzky used to surpass Gordie Howe’s all-time NHL scoring record in 1989, that sold at a Quebec auction in March for more than $50,000.
The Toronto-based hockey museum has told Postmedia News that it possesses the real puck that put Gretzky -then playing for the Los Angeles Kings in a game against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers -a notch above the legendary Howe with 1,851 points.
But Classic Auctions president Marc Juteau, the Montreal-area memorabilia seller who sold the other puck to an unnamed Canadian collector on March 29, has insisted that the provenance of that artifact is solid and thoroughly documented by a former timekeeper at Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum.
Let’s tour the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
From Phil Coffey at NHL.com
Truth be told, Hall of Fame Weekend is one of my favorite parts of a season that has a lot of favorite parts.
As an addicted history buff in all things, not just hockey, I’ll never turn away from the chance to read any hockey history that comes my way. That’s a strong thread here at NHL.com. This week alone, we dug into some pretty important historical stories that actually weren’t related to the Hall of Fame. Most fans know Red Berenson as the hockey coach at Michigan, but you may not realize he was a pretty fair NHL player in his own right. John Kreiser looked at one of the NHL’s unforgettable nights when Berenson scored 6 goals against the Flyers at the Spectrum. No easy road there.
read on for links to more HHOF stories at NHL.com
A couple weeks ago we invited registered members of Kukla’s Korner to enter our Hockey Hall of Fame Contest to win 4 tickets to the Legends Classic game on November 9th, plus 4 more tickets to visit the HHOF itself.
The contest closed last week and so it’s high time we announced the winner, chosen by a random draw: MrGordy.
Our sincere thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame for providing such a great prize. Anyone else wanting to attend that game or any of the other events being celebrated in Toronto in November, hit this link for more information.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto has graciously agreed to give one lucky Kukla’s Korner member 4 tickets to the Legends Classic game taking place in Toronto on November 9th, plus 4 passes to visit the HHOF.*
The Source For Sports Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic, taking place at Air Canada Centre, highlights the Sunday afternoon schedule of Induction Weekend. Witness hockey history as the 2008 Inductees receive their official Honoured Member Blazers, then lace up their skates with other NHL stars as they take on a team of Montréal Canadiens’ Legends.
The game boasts an unrivalled roster of 15 Honoured Members – Anderson, Cournoyer, Michel Goulet, Dale Hawerchuk, Rod Langway, Larionov, Lanny McDonald, Brad Park, Robinson, Borje Salming, Steve Shutt, Darryl Sittler, Billy Smith, Peter Stastny and Bryan Trottier. In addition, fans will be treated to a Half-Time Show and Post-Game Encore by Canadian rock icon, Kim Mitchell, live in concert.
If you’re a KK member (registration is free & easy) just drop us a note in the comments of this post and we’ll do a random draw for the winner on October 24th.**
Obviously you’ll have to be able to get to Toronto to attend—but even if you yourself can’t use the tickets we’ll be happy to send them to a friend of yours in the area.
Below is a full press release on the upcoming events at the HHOF:
from Shawn Merrithew of the Bugle-Observer,
My excitement mounted as I stepped off the train at Union Station, which is only minutes from the temple to the hockey gods.
You see I have always loved hockey, you might even say I live and breath it. In my younger days, I laced up the skates and played the game in subfreezing weather on ponds and outdoor rinks. I continue to play these days, just in another form – ball hockey.
For as many years as I can remember, I have also sat before the television on Saturday nights to watch Hockey Night in Canada with my dad, cheering on the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens. Now I cheer for the red, white and black of the Ottawa Senators.
Nothing could prepare me for the feeling a true hockey fan experiences upon their arrival to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Words cannot describe it, you have to experience it.
Damien Cox in The Spin at the Toronto Star,
There are a number of highly qualified, highly respected and thoughtful hockey people on the selection committee of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Who’d have thought they could screw up so badly?
Last week, they announced the next Hall of Fame class, and it’s a good one - Glenn Anderson, Igor Larionov, linesman Ray Scapinello and the late Ed Chynoweth.
Sadly, however, the 18-member selection committee again booted the ball so badly on honouring women in the game that it has seriously discredited itself and soiled the reputation of this hockey institution.
It’s so rare I fully agree with a Cox rant. But it happens, and this is one such occasion.
Mike Brophy at The Hockey News once tried to interview Tom Barrasso:
“Who is this?”
“Mike Brophy from The Hockey News.”
“How did you get my phone number?”
“You gave it to me.”
“No I didn’t.”
“Yes you did.”
“I did not and I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to find out how you got it. Goodbye.”
My thoughts afterwards? What an ass!
And yet I sit here today thinking he should be in the Hall of Fame.
The annual meeting of the Selection Committee was held this past Tuesday to select this year’s inductees to the HHOF, in the Player, Builder and Referee/Linesman categories. “Players eligible are those that retired prior to the 2004-2005 season.”
via Legends of Hockey:
Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today that Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Ed Chynoweth was posthumously elected. In the Referee/Linesman Category, Ray Scapinello was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
Update 4:47pm ET: Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail has more on today’s inductees.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,
It is not called the NHL Hall of Fame. I’m pretty sure it’s the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Which is why Tuesday, when the Hall’s selection committee gathers in Toronto to decide this year’s inductees, I hope Igor Larionov gets the nod.
“I think he should too,” six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings told Sportsnet.ca. “He’s that kind of special player. Watching him when I grew up in Europe, he was part of that Russian Five that never gave up the puck. They had it the whole time. [...] When I had a chance to play with him, I saw that too. He’s such a smart player. He wasn’t a big player but his smarts brought him so much success. He really deserves to be in the Hall.”
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
But man, it is fun to speculate, debate and play the Hall of Fame game. That’s the value. It’s good fan petroleum. I had a great time scouring the record books last week, comparing Peter Bondra to Joe Mullen and why Bondra is an obvious Hall of Famer (check last week’s big e-mail bag).
I thought it might be fun to take a look at the rosters of all 30 NHL teams and make a quick-snap-mode “yes” or “no” Hall assessment.
Currently up for auction at NHL.com are four, one-of-a-kind, hand-signed, HHOF Tribute Masks.
One featuring each of Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Scott Stevens and Mark Messier. Bidding opened this week at $750 each (although Messier’s has already shot up in value) and will continue until December 7th.
Money raised will be used to support the Shoot for a Cure program:
Shoot For A Cure Hockey is a campaign of the American and Canadian Spinal Research Organizations, which is directed at and led by the hockey community. The goals of the campaign are spinal cord injury awareness, prevention, research and cure. We seek to raise funds for spinal cord research, to promote prevention of hockey-related spinal cord injuries through the Play It Cool™ prevention program, and to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries in hockey.
Numerous stories on all of the HHOF inductees are on the web today.
I will point to a few and as always, feel free to link to a story in the comments that you feel would be of interest to KK readers
The Hockey Hall of Fame has the complete story on all of the inductees.
NHL.com has more, plus a look at the recent classes of the past…
The New York Times has a look at Mark Messier.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Well, for starters it’s time for a woman. Past time, really, and hopefully they’ll get this ball rolling next year. Pick one of Shirley Cameron, Geraldine Heaney, Cammi Granato, Angela James, France St. Louis - whoever.
Well, Igor Larionov should be a slam dunk. In fact, he should have been inducted this year. Only Mark Messier, really, had greater credentials, and the way in which the Hall of Fame selection process is still shrouded in complete and impenetrable secrecy makes it difficult to understand how the great Russian wasn’t selected.
Next, in my mind, should be former Edmonton sniper Glenn Anderson, one of the best big-game scorers in NHL history.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Instead of televising the induction ceremony, Versus will be all over the critical and compelling match in Florida between the Hurricanes and the Panthers. Well, it’ll be there.
Instead of televising the ceremonies on a delayed basis following the Showdown in Sunrise, Versus will run something called, “WEC Wrekcage.”
Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors must be so proud.
It isn’t, however, only Versus that’s conspiring against both hockey and good sense here. By scheduling five games on a night that should remain dark, the NHL essentially guaranteed that the mundane playing of early-season matches would in large part overshadow a marquee event like the Hall of Fame inductions.
read on and I am surprised Larry didn’t mention the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be televised on the NHL Network from 7:30-9:30pm tonight.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Why do so many mainstream hockey people assume Igor Larionov is a slam-dunk Hall of Fame player. He played the final 14 years of his career in the NHL, most of it as a second-, third- or fourth-line centre. Based on those years alone, he shouldn’t even be a candidate. And yes, he was brilliant in Russia before that. But he was no more brilliant than linemate Vladimir Krutov—and no one is arguing Krutov for the Hall. Nor should they.
more hockey talk…
Steve, it is the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the NHL hall of fame!
[This post is temporarily ‘sticky’ to top of KK - updates in the comments]
From the CP via The Hockey News,
The 33-year-old Lindros, a free agent who has not played this season, is expected to announce his retirement in his hometown of London, Ont., on Thursday.
The Big E made it through 13 seasons despite eight concussions - injuries that eroded his impact later in his career. But he remains one of the most compelling impact players to skate in the NHL, and he wore Canada’s colours with distinction in earning gold and silver Olympic medals.
Bobby Clarke argues that Lindros should make it to the HHOF, but there’s likely to be a lot of debate. (updates: more articles on Lindros and his career will be added to the comments of this post)
Update 12:50pm ET: ESPN video discussing Lindros’ legacy is below.
Poll Question: Should Eric Lindros Make it into the Hall of Fame?
Scott Stevens is another player being inducted into the HHOF on November 12th. From the NHL:
During his 22 years, Scott played in 1,635 regular season games, fifth most in the league’s history, scored 196 goals and added 721 assists for 980 points. Won Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000, and 2003 with the Devils, and was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP in 2000. He also appeared in 13 NHL All-Star games.
Today he participated in a press conference with the media, and the transcript is below, as is a video compilation of his career highlights.
Mark Messier participated in a media conference call today, answering questions as he prepares to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, November 12th.
In 25 NHL seasons Mark played in 1756 regular season games, the second highest total ever, trailing only Gordie Howe. He recorded 694 goals which is seventh all-time, and 1,193 assists, third all-time. His total of 1887 career points places him second all-time behind only former teammate Wayne Gretzky.
He won the Stanley Cup six times, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1984, the Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player in 1990 and ‘92, and he appeared in 15 NHL All-Star Games.
Below is a transcript of today’s interview, plus a video selection of his career highlights, provided by NHL.com.
Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, and fellow inductees Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
More on Francis at NHL.com and below is the transcript from a media conference call with Francis, from earlier today.
A video of his career highlights is also provided.
Al MacInnis, along with fellow inductees, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Below is the transcript from a media conference call with MacInnis earlier today. A video of his career highlights is also provided.