Sunday, November 23, 2014

Celebrating the Class of 2014: Hockey's Hall of Fame Inductees

This past week in Toronto, six more names were added to the listing for the Hockey Hall of Fame,  four players who thrilled hockey fans through spectacular careers. A coach who finally received some long overdue recognition and an on ice official who kept the game on its best behaviour during some of its most heated contests.

The Class of 2014 celebrated this week for skills across the board and over the boards shift in and shift out. A listing of six key figures of the modern era, names that few if any would quibble with and most celebrate this week for their achievements and the talents that they brought to the game.

Below we've found a number of items on each, providing a snap shot of their success in a storied NHL career.

Hockey Hall of Fame introduction for the 2014 Induction Celebration A Quick Look at the 2014 Hockey Hall of Famers
IIHF-- HHOF to induct six
National Post-- Here is the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014
TSN-- TSN his home to Hockey Hall of Fame Induction weekend

The Players

Rob Blake (Hockey Hall of Fame bio)
Hall of Fame Induction Speech Hard work has its rewards
ESPN-- Rob Blake
LA King-- Rob Blake Hall of Fame Interview
LA Times-- Rob Blake's path to Hall of Fame started with the Kings
LA Daily News-- Hall of Fame bound Rob Blake of the Kings a star from the start
London Free Press-- HHOF inductee defence man Rob Blake was total package
The Beacon Herald-- Blake First Former Culliton in hall

Peter Forsberg (Hockey Hall of Fame bio)
Hall of Fame Induction Speech Forsberg credits brothers for competitive spirit
ESPN-- Passion made Forsberg great winner
Boston Herald-- Peter Forsberg Proud, humbled by Hall of Fame induction
The Local-- Sweden's Peter Forsberg enters NHL Hall of Fame
Denver Post-- Peter Forsberg: Swede Sensation
Denver Post-- Peter Forsberg enjoying life in retirement
Toronto Sun-- Hockey Hall of Fame set to induct Peter Forsberg

Dominik Hasek (Hockey Hall of Fame Bio)
Hall of Fame Induction Speech Hasek loved playing against the game's best
WIVB-- Hasek shows Buffalo plant of love in Hall of Fame Speech
Buffalo News-- Dominik Hasek takes his place in Hockey Hall of Fame
Buffalo News-- Ex-Sabre "Dominator" Hasek inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
Yahoo Sports-- The legend of Dominik Hasey: From Hockey heretic to the Hall of Fame
Detroit Free Press-- No surprise Dominik Hasek entering Hall of Fame
Toronto Star-- The puck stopped with Dominik Hasek

Mike Modano (Hockey Hall of Fame Bio)
Hall of Fame Induction Speech Stars great Modano grateful for Gainey's influence
ESPN-- Mike Modano
Global News-- Mike Modano's career took off in Prince Albert, Sask.
Fox Sports-- Modano most proud of '99 Cup, growing game in Dallas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram-- Modano will receive hockey's ultimate honour
USA Today-- Mike Modano proud of Hall of Fame Career
Toronto Sun-- Mike Modano an American Idol

The Coach

Pat Burns (Hockey Hall of Fame Bio)
Hall of Fame Induction Speech Lamoriello says Burn made players accountable
National Post-- Joy, relief as Pat Burns finally gets his due with Hockey Hall of Fame induction
Globe and Mail-- Pat Burns finally gets his due with induction into Hockey Hall of Fame
New York Times-- A Former Police Office Will Get a Posthumous Honor
USA Today-- Emotional tribute to Pat Burns Highlights Hall of Fame Inductions
Hamilton Spectator-- Burns knew he'd make it to Hall of Fame eventually
TSN-- Pat Burns always felt he was the luckiest ex-cop in the world

The Ref

Bill McCreary (Hockey Hall of Fame Bio)
Hall of Fame Induction speech McCreary honored, humbled to enter Hall of Fame
TB Newswatch-- Longtime NHL referee Bill McCreary Built Hall of Fame career on consistency
Yahoo Sports-- Referee Bill McCreary: Hockey Hall of Famer
TSN-- McCreary was one of NHL's great officials
Hamilton Spectator-- Fair and Safe
Toronto Sun-- Referee Bill McCreary earned his stripes
Toronto Star-- Consistency propelled NHL referee Bill McCreary to the Hall of Fame

The Media Selections

Kevin Allen
USA Today

USA Today-- USA Today Sport's Kevin Allen gets Hall of Fame Honour Elmer Ferguson winner Allen first true hockey insider

Pat Foley
Chicago Blackhawks Broadcaster Voice of Blackhawks puts game before HHOF honour
Chicago Tribune-- Pat Foley on entering the Hockey Hall of Fame

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