Hasek, Forsberg Among Six Selected for Hockey Hall of FameMichael Buteau
Former NHL players Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano and Rob Blake, coach Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary were selected for induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hasek won the Vezina Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top goalie six times and the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player twice while with the Buffalo Sabres. The Czech Republic native won the Stanley Cup twice with the Detroit Red Wings.
Forsberg collected 885 points in 708 career games while also winning the Calder Trophy as the top rookie, the Hart and Art Ross Trophy as the top scorer. He helped lead the Colorado Avalanche to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001.
In the Olympics, Forsberg’s shootout goal to help Sweden secure the gold medal over Canada at the 1994 Olympics was commemorated on a postage stamp in his home country.
Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, finished his career with 1,374 points. Drafted first overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, he spent 20 of his 21 seasons with the team in Minnesota and Dallas.
Blake, a Canadian defenseman, won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a world championship title while scoring 240 goals over 1,270 NHL games as a player.
McCreary, inducted in the referee/linesman category, officiated 1,737 regular-season games and a record 292 playoff games, including a record 44 Stanley Cup final games, from 1984-2011. He officiated three Olympics (1988, 2002 and 2010), working the gold-medal game each time.
Burns was elected in the builder category after spending 14 seasons as an NHL coach. The three-time Jack Adams Award winner as the league’s top coach, Burns guided the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup title. Burns died Nov. 19, 2010, of cancer.
The inductions will take place on Nov. 17 in Toronto.