Today, the Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed four new guests into this exclusive shrine. All four of these players dominated the game and had very successful careers. Surprisingly no builders, females, or officials were voted into the Hall of Fame.
Joe Sakic – Center (1378 GP, 625G, 1016A, 1641 Pts)
Joe Sakic will go down as one of the greatest leaders in NHL history. He played his entire 21 season career as a part of the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. Sakic won the Stanley Cup twice (1996, 2001) along with the Conn Smythe Trophy (1996), Hart Trophy (2001), and Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (2001). Sakic was voted into thirteen All-Star Games and was voted the MVP in 2004. Sakic is a member of the Triple Crown Club as he’s won the Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, and World Championship Gold Medal. Besides the numbers, Sakic was known for being able to motive himself and his teammates to get the most out of them.
Adam Oates – Center (1337 GP, 341G, 1079A, 1420 Pts)
Adam Oates was one of the game’s elite playmakers as he has the sixth most assists in NHL history. Oates played for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Edmonton Oilers. Oates recorded over 100 points in a season four times with a career high of 142 in 1992-1993. Oates was the main set up man to several big name snipers including Brett Hull, Cam Neely, and Peter Bondra. Though Oates never lifted the Stanley Cup, Oates was voted into four All-Star games. On the same day Oates got inducted into the Hall of Fame, Oates was named the next head coach of the Washington Capitals.
Pavel Bure – Right Wing (702 GP, 437G, 342A, 779 Pts)
Pavel Bure dominated goaltenders in his career as one of the league’s most fierce snipers. He led the league in scoring three times over his twelve year NHL career on the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, and New York Rangers. Bure changed the game, paving the path for fellow Russians to come over and play in the NHL. His explosive speed, stickhandling, and rocket shot was among the best in the league. Though Bure never won the Stanley Cup, Bure dominated the International front capturing a total of 3 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals.
Mats Sundin – Center (1346 GP, 564G, 785A, 1349 Pts)
Mats Sundin became the first European player to be drafted first overall when he was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989. While he played a majority of his career for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sundin also played for Quebec and the Vancouver Canucks. He was able to dominate offensively joining the exclusive 500 goals and 1300 point club. Sundin was named to ten All-Star games. Sundin dominated the International front winning 4 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals for Sweden.
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