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Hall Call: Hasek, Blake, Forsberg, and Modano make up 2014 Hall of Fame class

Jun 23, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

Dominik Hasek AP

The 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class is one for the ages.

Dominik Hasek, Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, and Mike Modano have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame for their storied careers as players.

Hasek was a six-time Vezina Trophy winner and a two-time winner of the Hart Trophy as league MVP while with the Buffalo Sabres. He’s also been a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams in Detroit with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.

Blake played for 20 years with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, and San Jose Sharks and won a Stanley Cup patrolling the blue line with the Avs in 2001. He scored 40 or more points in 12 seasons in the NHL and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist at Bowling Green.

Forsberg was as dominating a force as could be found in the NHL during his 14 seasons in the NHL. He was the Calder Trophy winner in 1995 and won two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche in 1996 and 2001. Originally a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, he’ll forever be linked with Eric Lindros as part of the monster trade that sent Lindros to Philly and the building blocks to Cup winners to the Quebec Nordiques. He won the Hart Trophy in 2003 and won two Olympic gold medals with Sweden in 1994 and 2006.

source: APModano was the face of the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise over 21 out of his 22 seasons in the NHL before finishing his career at home in Michigan with the Red Wings. In his career he piled up 561 goals and 1,374 points, the most ever by an American-born player. His crowning achievement came in 1999 winning the Stanley Cup with Dallas beating Hasek’s Sabres.

Also joining those four are longtime coach Pat Burns who was elected as a builder and referee Bill McCreary who was selected for his work as an official.

Burns was a three-time Jack Adams Award winner as coach of the year and won his lone Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. He’s forever known as being the face of the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1980s and ’90s.  He also led the Boston Bruins for four seasons in the late ’90s. Burns finished his career in 2004 with a career winning percentage of .574 but passed away in 2010 from cancer.

McCreary spent 27 years as a referee in the league working 1,700 regular season games and 282 playoff games. Known for his mustache and no-nonsense style, he earned the respect of everyone throughout the league and was often the man called on to officiate the biggest games. He also worked the 1998 and 2002 Olympics and earned the call to work the gold medal game in both tournaments.

USA Today’s Kevin Allen and CSNChicago’s Pat Foley are the 2014 Media Honorees. That group will be inducted on Monday, November 17 in Toronto.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    About bloody time for Pat Burns. To the committee members who didn’t elect him while he was alive, what details about his great coaching record have changed since his death that made you rethink his merits? Whatever. Sorry you blew it then, glad you finally saw the light, albeit it too late to bring a smile to his face.

    • rpiotr01 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Could not agree more. Shameful they didn’t do him the honor while he was still alive.

  2. storminator16 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Congrats to all! Kudos for including the late Pat Burns!

    (However, not sure how Blake goes in before Housley. I’m afraid it isn’t going to ever work out for Phil.)

    • theageofquarrel - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Housley belongs in the Hall,no doubt about it

    • 67nova - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Blake was a force. Great on offence, great on defence and, man, could he throw the hip.

  3. cjnbsc - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    If forsberg is in, so should Lindros.

    • theageofquarrel - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      That has to be a joke. Lindros couldn’t carry Forsberg’s jock

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Maybe for the introductory video, it can be Stevens blasting him(Lindros!)

      • theageofquarrel - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        or Darius Kasparitis

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Stevens had 1 great blind side hit on Eric…..But Eric destroyed Stevens in just about every game they 2 played against each other

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Maybe those dont agree should watch this video…Pay attention to #4 in the Devils uniform……Care to debate it?

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        I was just taking a rather cheap shot. I really have no opinion on if he gets in. Remember, cheap laughs are still laughs.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        I figured that…But sadly it is the only history between those 2 that people remember…..They hated each other 100% and i never blamed Stevens for taking that shot……The video reminds me why i always thought that way!

    • ntvd7 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Best laugh I’ve had today!

      You can’t be serious with that

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        People just love to discredit Lindros because of: 1) “the trade” and, 2) bc he never became Gretzky… but there should be no doubt he’s a hall of famer. At one point (94-95 thru 95-96) he was the BEST in the world. Hands down. As a Flyer he averaged 1.36 pts/gm over an 8 year period. In that same span Forsberg averaged 1.25pts/gm. If not for serious injuries he would be amongst the NHL’s all-time scoring leader. Despite career threatening concussions he still finished with 865 points in 760 games… not far from Forsberg’s 885 in 705.

        Lindros was arguably the most dominating force in the mid-90s. The fact that Colorado won two Cups with Forsberg should do nothing to discredit Lindros’s case. And people who “laugh” at the idea of Lindros going to the Hall either had their eyes closed when he was healthy, hold a personal vendetta against the player/team, or don’t understand the sport. The numbers speak for themselves.

      • theageofquarrel - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Is his dad gonna campaign for him to get in the hall too?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Lindros was not the best player in the world in 95-96, he finished 6th in points that year, Lemieux and Jagr destroyed the league offensively. So realistically you have Lindros with 1 season (lockout shortened 95 season) where he was the best player in the league. Add to that he never once played a full season, the closest he came was playing 81 games with the Rangers one year.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        It’s true Lindros was 6th in scoring in 95-96 but all you have to do is look at the supporting cast… the Pens had 3 hall of fame forwards (Lemieux, Jagr, Francis) along with a 22-yr old Markus Naslund (19 goals), Petr Nedved (45 goals, 99pts), Tomas Sundstrom (35 goals), and Bryan Smolinski (24 goals, 64pts). Not to mention Sergei Zubov (66pts) on the blueline in his prime. That’s an absurd supporting cast offensively and it showed with ’80s like production.

        The Flyers had a good offense (LeClair, Renberg, Desjardins, Brindamour) but it wasn’t even close to that Pens club… Lindros made the Flyers go with 115pts in 73 games. Longevity clearly isn’t a requirement for the hall (just ask Forsberg), and neither is being a PPG scorer (just ask Modano)… Lindros deserves a spot in the Hall.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        Forseberg on played 1 full season in his career….Atwater….You were either not alive (at least in the mind) when Lindros played or you are full of hate….

  4. terrier92 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Thank goodness Pat Burns finally got well deserved recognition.

  5. canuckinamerica - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    To nothanksimdriving123…….excellent post.

  6. darksidecowboy - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Nice to see the best player in Stars history make it first ballot, congrats Mike. You’ll be going in with a very strong class. Too bad the Stars couldn’t give you one more year to keep your career with the same team.

  7. zinger99 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Pat Burns,yeah!! Wish he was here!

  8. canuckinamerica - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Actually….people like to discredit Lindros because he was an A’hole and had his Mommy and Daddy talking for him. He could have been a great player what with his size and skating……but he never really figured it out. When you alienate teammates , coaches, GM’s, and more importantly, fans, you won’t get the votes to have your bust in with the greats of the game.

  9. blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Eric still sits 19th in PPG all time…Those inducted with less
    Jarri Kurri 22nd
    Pavel Bure 25th
    Brett Hull 27th
    Mark Messier 30th
    Cam Neely 80th
    Now you could argue how short his career was but he played 760 games
    Cam Neely…726
    Pavel Bure 702
    How bout we go to Pim’s?
    Eric 1398
    Bure 484
    Messier 1182
    When Eric was sober and played his A game he was one of the most brutal players in history…..He wasn’t the best at any 1 category but he was the complete package

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Penalty minutes is a ridiculous stat to try and use for a player to get in the HOF, if that’s the measuring stick all of the legendary fighters should be in because they had lots of penalty minutes.

      Realistically Cam Neely was a borderline (at best) guy who got into the HOF at a time where the floodgates were open and they let a lot of questionable players in.

      Pavel Bure was one of the best goal scorers the NHL has ever seen, he scored more than 50 goals 5 times, 2 of those were 60 goals and then he put up 59 and 58 in back to back seasons in the early 2000’s when goal scoring was very low. Eric Lindros cracked 40 goals 4 times, which is good but there’s a marked difference between being around 60 4 times and being around 40 4 times. Lindros also cracked 100 points once, Bure did it twice, not a huge difference there.

      No disrespect to Lindros he was a fine player but he was the best player in the NHL (arguably) for 2 seasons 95 and 95-96, Pavel Bure was an elite goal scorer (when healthy) for 10 years, he led the league in goals 3 times in those 9 years, once in the early 90’s and then in 99-00 and 00-01, that’s shows more longevity at the top, even though both players did have their careers unfortunately shortened by injuries.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Actually upon further review he was the best player in the game for 1 season, the lockout shortened 95 season, in 95-96 Lemieux and Jagr dominated the league, Lindros was 6th in points that season.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        The point on Pims is simple……How many other players put of that amount of points in that short period of time while also spending that much time in the box?….”Elite goal scorer when healthy”…..How about the most dominate player in the game when healthy?….Lindros 865pts in 760 games…Bure 779pts in 702 games…..Lindros was a complete package…..Bure was 1 dimensional…..Lindros at least won a Hart trophy and was nominated 4 other times…Bure?…..3 nominations

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        And imagine Erics point totals if had had played with Mario or Jagr…Instead of Leclair and Fedyk!

  10. canuckinamerica - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    And most dominating force in the mid 90’s? Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr…….weren’t too bad. And would take their stats over Lindros’ any day over a course of a career. There is a reason Lindros is not in the HOF………selection committee is good. And not all from Philadelphia.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      No there were not bad at all :)
      But could they hit?….Could they fight?…….Could they dominate the boards?……Check out the video i posted above and tell me where any of those 3 could destroy every thing in their path only to score as the end result….If Eric wanted that puck he was taking it from you and there was nothing you were doing about it….Nothing!

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        So he wasn’t motivated to be the best all the time?

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        No…And that was part of his down fall…..It’s no secret he played hung over and “Buzzed” in a few games and some days just didnt seem to want to play….Yet he still put up enough pts on a nightly basis to be at 19th in PPG in NHL history….I wish every hockey fan had the chance to watch Eric play every game (sure i missed some)…..He was all the team and entertainment you needed for those 60 minutes!

  11. canuckinamerica - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    If one video got you Into the HOF, there would be 2000 players in it. The Hall is for a body of work over an entire career including stats, how you made others better, Championships, etc. Drafted by Sault Ste. Marie ……mommy and daddy did not want him to play there so held out and went to Compuware for a season. Drafted by Quebec……mommy and daddy did not want him to play there so held out for a trade. Piss the wrong people off and eventually you pay the price.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      So you think Bure and Neely were better?…..They are in with less….Why?

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Never mind…I see in you case it’s pure hatred….Eric could be that all time leader in every stat yet you would say it’s not enough….So…..Where was Lemuix any better in the way his contracts were handled?….???? Go ahead sport!

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Pavel Bure was a no doubter, truly one of the best goal scorers of his generation. I don’t believe Cam Neely should be in the hall of fame, but just because they made a mistake with him doesn’t mean they should make a mistake by putting another borderline player in.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:11 AM

        Like i pointed out above Bure was 1 dimensional….Lindros was a complete package!

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I hated Forsberg so I’ll never rally around his cause. Bure may have been one dimensional but he was the best in the league at that in that time. Let me ask you this, if Lindros played his best years with the Rangers or the Nordiques/Avalanche are you arguing for him? Players are a little better when they were on your team (I believe Terrell Davis should be in the football HOF)

        As for Lemieux’s supporting cast, it doesn’t matter who was playing with him he made the supporting cast better see Rob Brown. You and I could have been Lemieux’s linemates and we’d have put up 75-80 points each. I also remember Flyers fans arguing that the “Legion of Doom” was the best line in hockey at the time.

  12. capsrockva - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I agree with the Domineik Hasek. Not sure about the others except I heard about Pat Burns

  13. canuckinamerica - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Absolutely agree he was fun to watch. And I saw him play regularly in the OHL even. Just too bad he was such a schmuck and let his parents run his life. They ruined his chances to become an even better player by alienating him with the various teams he played for, his teammates and the NHL fans, the Flyers fans notwithstanding. He could have been so much better than he was. But injured? Trainer’s fault. Did not identify injury? Team Doctor’s fault. At the end of the day… have to own whatever you are going through.

  14. ducksk - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Great class. Especially allowing fopa in. The dude had the whole package.

  15. gbatap - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    I’m not American but even as a Canadian hockey fan modano going in with housley would have been fitting. Not sure how he continues to be overlooked.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      I saw Housley’s two stints in Calgary so I’m biased, he truly awful defensively!!! Yes he got points but on his own side of center he was just brutal. The American defenseman who I believe is getting overlooked by the HOF is Gary Suter, he put up surprisingly great offensive numbers and was great in his own end. IMO Suter deserves to be in the hall of fame.

      • gbatap - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        While agree he was average at best defensively you just can’t ignore those offensively numbers. Agree also on Suter. Went about his business with little to no publicity and put together one hell of a career.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      In their careers Housely was -54 and averaged 0.84 points per game, Suter was +126 and averaged 0.74 points per game.

  16. jaredwmoore - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    One of the best classes in recent memory. Great job by the selection committee

  17. howintensive - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    Next year. The two first balloters will be Sergei Fedorov and Lidstrom. Then who? I say Lindros gets in next year. And a female player should get the fourth spot. But I would love Housley and Brind’Amour getting in at some point.

  18. pj608 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    All of which should have been in years ago and should have no problem getting there this year. R.I.P Patty Burns.

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