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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:30 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Bettman: Inductees 'elevated our sport'

TORONTO -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took the podium after the first two inductees.

"Tonight the all-time roster of the Hockey Hall of Fame is further enriched by four remarkable performers," Commissioner Bettman said. "Four legendary scorers. Four outstanding leaders who hail from four different parts of the hockey world."

Commissioner Bettman told the inductees that they "elevated our sport."

"These players earned the reverence of their teammates and the respect of their opponents -- even the defensemen they tormented and the goaltenders they humbled," he said.

Commissioner Bettman said the stat sheets can't measure the millions of fans the inductees thrilled and the memories they created.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:18 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Unscripted Oates thanks many in HHOF speech

TORONTO -- Adam Oates gave so much in his career that finally the Hockey Hall of Fame decided to honor him with a gift.

He gave the puck to Brett Hull, to Cam Neely, to Peter Bondra -- and they all scored 50 goals with Oates as their center. Hull and Neely did it in 50 games or less.

In fact, Oates said centering two 50-in-50 goal scorers is what he loves most about his long career. He dished out 1,079 assists (sixth all time) and even scored 341 times.

Oates, the second inductee in the Class of 2012, was "Gretzky-like" in his vision and passing, according to Hull.

"Adam belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame because he's one of the greatest players to play the game," Hull said on the TSN broadcast.

For his speech, Oates stepped up to the podium and did not have a sheet of paper. He did not read -- he either spoke from memory or simply from the heart.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:08 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor / - CHL Subway Super Series

Strome gives OHL 1-0 lead after 20 minutes

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs gave the team representing the Ontario Hockey League a 1-0 lead against Team Russia after the first period of Game 4 of the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.

Strome, the OHL's top scorer with 37 points in 21 games, started the play with a long stretch pass out of his own end to the Russian blue line before skating hard to the offensive zone. After Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel corralled a loose puck, he found the streaking Strome alone in the slot for a one-time slap shot that trickled through Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy at 9:47 of the first.

That goal came about 30 seconds after Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Graovac of the Ottawa 67s hit the goal post to the left of Vasilevskiy, a Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick last June. Vasilevskiy then made a stop on Washington Capitals draft pick Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers to keep the game scoreless, although it was short-lived.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 7:59 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Bure takes his place in the Hall

TORONTO -- In the opening video before introducing the first inductee, Pat Quinn compared Pavel Bure's yearning to be the best to that of Bobby Orr.

Pretty high praise for the first inductee in the Class of 2012, but certainly hard to argue against it considering the career that Bure had on both the international and National Hockey League level.

The Russian Rocket scored 437 goals and 779 points in an injury-shortened 702-game NHL career. He got up to 60 twice and scored in the 50s three more times. His hands were remarkable and his skating was, well, untouchable.

"Pretty rocket like," Quinn said. "He was a scoring machine."

Bure, wearing a bow tie, received his plaque from Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Bill Hay and stepped to the podium.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 7:48 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

'Best hockey night' is underway

TORONTO -- The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony has started.

"This is the best hockey night on the calendar," TSN host James Duthie said in his opening remarks. "Tonight we celebrate the game, it's legacy, and the individuals that make the game so great."

Duthie continued in his remarks by going through the list of legends being honored -- Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic and Adam Oates.

"They have earned this moment, hockey immortality," Duthie said before turning the microphone over to Hockey Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Bill Hay.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 6:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Ostlie, Lindgren honored by USHL

A pair of 2013 NHL Draft prospects, Ben Ostlie of the Omaha Lancers and Charlie Lindgren of the Sioux Falls Stampede, were among the weekly United States Hockey League award winners.

Ostlie, a 6-foot-1.25, 187-pound defenseman, was named CCM Defenseman of the Week after totaling three assists and a plus-four rating in two games last week. He had a pair of assists Friday in a 6-1 win against the Waterloo Black Hawks, and then he had an assist in a 3-1 win Saturday against the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. He also was part of a penalty-killing unit that stopped eight of nine opposing power plays in two games.

On the season, Ostlie has a goal and four assists in 15 games.

Lindgren was named co-winner of the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award after stopping 44 of 46 shots in two games last week. On Friday, he stopped all 18 shots he faced in a 5-0 defeat of the Tri-City Storm, earning his first USHL shutout. One night later, he made 26 saves in a 5-2 defeat of the Lincoln Storm.

For the season, Lindgren is 6-3-1 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. He's fifth in the USHL in wins, and ninth GAA.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 3:50 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Hall call makes for some unique stories

TORONTO -- The phone call is one every player with Hall of Fame credentials waits for on that June day, when the Selection Committee meets and decides on the next class of legends to be enshrined in Toronto.

Where the inductees are when they get that call is always interesting.

Adam Oates has the best story this year, because the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 was notified on the same day that he was hired to be the head coach of the Washington Capitals. So, not long after he was notified by Capitals GM George McPhee that he was getting the job in D.C., Oates had a number with a 416 area code calling him.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 3:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Shawinigan's Cupper honored by QMJHL

Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Marvin Cupper, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect, was honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Wednesday as Telus Third Star of the Week.

The 18-year-old goalie, in his first season in North America, stopped 64 of 68 shots in two games last week. He made 27 saves on 29 shots Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, but returned one night later to stop 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 defeat of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

The solid week could be a good sign for Cupper and the Cataractes, who have struggled after winning the Memorial Cup last year. In 18 games this season, Cupper is 4-11-2 with a 3.64 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Shawinigan enters the week 17th in the 18-team QMJHL, and their 37 goals (in 20 games) are 19 fewer than the second-lowest scoring team.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 2:15 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Inductees rank honor of making the Hall

TORONTO -- The question of what means more, a Stanley Cup championship or an Olympic gold medal, is tried and true and asked and re-asked in hockey circles across the globe.

There is no right or wrong answer.

On Monday, though, some of the Class of 2012 inductees were asked how getting into the Hall of Fame differs in terms of personal accomplishments such as winning the Cup, winning a gold medal, scoring 60 goals, or centering not one but two guys that scored 50 goals in 50 games.

For Joe Sakic, who has two Cup rings and an Olympic gold medal, the Hall of Fame is better than anything else.

Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 1:49 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Roberts: Sundin was workout warrior

TORONTO -- Joe Sakic was known for his wrist shot. Pavel Bure made headlines with his speed and hands. Adam Oates' passing ability set him apart.

But what was it that pushed Mats Sundin into the Hall of Fame?

Gary Roberts, Sundin's teammate in Toronto from 2000-04, believes it was the power that the Swedish star got out of his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame.

"I think it's the ability to skate with the puck and get to the net with two or three guys climbing on him," Roberts said. "I remember many nights he'd just say to me, 'Robs, meet me at the net.' I knew eventually he'd get there with two or three guys on his back. He was just a workhorse. The more he played the better he played.

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