by PuckStopsHere on 06/26/12 at 05:39 PM ET
Today the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were announced. There was a strong class of first year eligible players including Curtis Joseph, Claude Lemieux, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan and Mats Sundin. There is also a strong group of players held over from other seasons as well in Dave Andreychuk, Pavel Bure, Phil Housley, Sergei Makarov, Adam Oates and others. Since only four players can be inducted in any given year it is a given that some people passed over this year will be inducted in the future. The four selected this year are Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin. No other people were inducted as builders, referees or female players.
As for the inductees, three of these four were my picks. I would have selected Brendan Shanahan in place of Pavel Bure, but the other three selections are good ones. Shanahan will be inducted in the near future
Though I am not surprised Bure is an inductee, I don’t think he belongs in the hall. He was a player who was clearly on a Hall of Fame track but knee injuries and a season lost to hold out kept him from completing that career. I will write an upcoming post explaining why I don’t like Bure as a Hall of Fame inductee.
The others I fully support. Here was the post I wrote when Joe Sakic retired. Here was my post when Mats Sundin retired and my post when I first considered Sundin a Hall of Famer. I have no such posts for Adam Oates as he retired before I began blogging but I think he is a Hall of Famer who waited too long for induction. This has been a great day for Oates, not only was he inducted into the Hall of Fame he also became coach of the Washington Capitals. I will write posts in the future explaining my Hall of Fame arguments for these three as well.
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