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Hall of Fame night

Great to see Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin and Adam Oates get into the Hockey Hall of Fame. My appearance Friday on XM's The War Room focused on hall of famers - who should be there that isn't, who is there that shouldn't be, etc. These are the great bar stool debates that take place city to city across North America. Some of my favourite conversations with friends have surrounded this topic. It's a neverending source of entertainment. While I believe Sundin may have been called a tad early - after all, Pavel Bure had to wait quite a while - all four of these men are widely deserving of a spot at Front and Yonge in Toronto. However, so are a few others. 

I could rattle off many names of players I think belong in the hall, and many of them likely will get their place sometime in the next decade or so. But one name sticks out amongst all others as belonging, and it still upsets me that he isn't there: Pat Burns. Among the best coaches ever to walk the bench in the NHL, Burns was a phenomenal leader, a motivator with a proven track record, winner of 3 Jack Adams awards in 3 different cities, a Stanley Cup champion, and a class act. As you know, Burns has now passed away, but his legacy remains, and he should, without question, have a spot in the hall of fame. Why he isn't there bothers me to this day, and it is an issue I very much hope the selection committee rectifies as soon as possible. 

Otherwise, a good year and a solid class. The hall should also be inducting more women, another area, like Burns' ommission, that puzzles me to no end. Why did they begin inducting women and then, for no apparent reason, stop? Surely there are many worthy of the honour.

I wish answers to these questions were available, but alas the cloak of secrecy under which the selection committee operates ensures no explanation will be given. So we'll just have to wait another year. Hopefully we'll have actual hockey being played by then. 

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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