Goaltender Grant Fuhr Forward Pat LaFontaine Wings' Owner Mike Ilitch Ottawa 67's coach Brian Kilrea
ESPN.com's article originally stated that Grant was the first African-American voted to the Hall. That's quite the amazing accomplishment for a Canadian. Somebody with a clue informed them of that fact, and the article has since been changed.
Really? I always thought LaFontaine was Canadian (his name sounds French).
A very strong and deserving group this year. No Joe Cullens in this group.
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Can't argue at all with this year's list. Especially seeing as how Glenn Anderson was left off. I don't even remember what he did to piss me off, I just remember the hate Something about being a total glory hound, I think. Regardless, I don't think he belongs in the hall based on his career accomplishments. He scored a couple of important goals, and he was a reasonably consistent forward, but never anything special.
Fuhr was a great goalie. He was never the best in the league, but you can't argue his accomplishments: the dynasty-era Oilers never did have the greatest defense on Earth.
LaFontaine was the first really good American-born player I remember noticing. I thought it a shame that he was unable to reach his fullest potential due to various injuries.
Ilich's and Kilrea's records speak for themselves.
Still, nice to see the only Oilers/Flames goalie ever get inducted to the Hall. He was okay-ish in Calgary, but we still remember him most fondly for having Steve Smith bank a puck in off his legs during the playoffs.
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His stats are way up there. Even when the entire Toronto team sucked he still got his goals and assists. But the fact that he was never the leader he was supposed to be, plus the bitter taste he left the last few years will be what many will remember.