Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 9:49 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Stars great Modano grateful for Gainey's influence

TORONTO -- As the closing act of the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony, Mike Modano had the benefit of experiencing the range of emotions encountered by the five inductees who went before him.

So, he knew he might be a bit emotional during his speech. Fortunately referee Bill McCreary, who gave his speech right before Modano, became a bit teary-eyed during his speech, allowing Modano to not be the first to have trouble with his emotions.

"Boy, wow," Modano said seconds after Brett Hull presented him with his Hall of Fame plaque. "Thanks Billy for choking up a little, so I don't look like the only one here crying."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 9:31 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

McCreary honored, humbled to enter Hall of Fame

TORONTO -- During his almost three decades as a NHL official, Bill McCreary always maintained order and kept his cool in the most difficult situations.

On Monday, his ability to handle any scenario on the ice was honored when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It was on that day that he had the most trouble dealing with the emotions of the day.

In thanking various members of his family, McCreary broke down, near tears several times, especially in thanking his mother for the contributions she made in shaping his career, which began with the local refereeing organization in his hometown of Guelph.

"When I was a young boy growing up, my dream was no different from that of anyone else, I wanted to play in the NHL," McCreary said.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 9:24 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Hasek loved playing against the game's best

TORONTO -- Pat LaFontaine witnessed some of Dominik Hasek's most amazing saves as teammates with the Buffalo Sabres, and he helped welcome "The Dominator" to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

LaFontaine said that Hasek made saves he had never seen before that day and he will never see again. He said "The Dominator" is a perfect nickname for Hasek, because he could truly dominate a game like few individual players could. Everyone on the Sabres roster played with a higher level of confidence when they knew Hasek was behind them.

LaFontaine said the city of Buffalo is a great sports city and the people there adore their heroes. He said Hasek is an iconic figure there and for good reason.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 8:44 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Forsberg credits brother for competitive spirit

TORONTO -- Peter Forsberg loves the game of hockey so much, it was hard to put an exclamation point to his career by accepting his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

During his speech, Forsberg talked about the wear and tear put on his body by the style of hockey he favored, a style that fellow Swede Mats Sundin described as having the heart of a warrior and the hands of Wayne Gretzky. He said he has undergone 21 surgeries since he started playing hockey.

"I'd take 21 more surgeries to keep on playing," Forsberg said. "I love the game so much."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 8:38 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Lamoriello says Burns made players accountable

TORONTO -- New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello helped Pat Burns win the Stanley Cup, and he helped usher him posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Lamoriello said Burns fought cancer like no one he had ever met, and showed the character that made him a great policeman and later a great coach. The Devils GM said Burns had a knack for making players accountable, and to do so there had to be some fear but ultimately it would lead to respect.

When Lamoriello interviewed Burns for the Devils coaching job, he asked him what he still wanted to accomplish, and Burns said simply to win the Stanley Cup. Lamoriello said they talked about a couple things he felt Burns needed to change, and "he wanted to try to go down that road."

"That's how the relationship started and we never looked back," Lamoriello said.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 8:32 PM

By Mike Brophy -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Former Red Wings goalie Osgood hopes to be inducted

TORONTO -- When it comes to debating who might be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the future, Chris Osgood's name usually comes up.

And the argument could be made Osgood had the numbers in his 17-year NHL career to be considered for induction.

The former goalie had his best years with the Detroit Red Wings; Osgood won two Stanley Cups, became the 10th goalie to win 400 games, is 10th all-time with 401 victories, has the seventh best goals-against average of all-time (2.49), led the NHL in GAA in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2007-08 and led the NHL in wins in 1995-96 (39).

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 8:26 PM

By Mike Brophy -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

LaFontaine happy to see ex-teammate Hasek inducted

TORONTO -- There's nothing like going up against a future Hall of Fame goaltender every day to sharpen the skills of a goal-scorer.

Pat LaFontaine knows all about that.

LaFontaine, who was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, was a teammate of Dominik Hasek with the Buffalo Sabres. Hasek was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday.

"I've never seen a goalie make the saves that he made," LaFontaine said. "The ways that he would turn his body into a pretzel and somehow twist and drop his stick to makes the saves; I don't know if we'll ever see them again. He is simply one of the greatest goalies to ever play."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 8:13 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Blake: 'Hard work has its rewards'

TORONTO -- Rob Blake couldn't thank enough the people that helped him along his journey to his Hockey Hall of Fame induction Monday.

His family took center stage in the tale.

He talked about the influence his parents had on him and the values he learned living on a farm in nearby Simcoe, Ontario.

He told a story about how on Sundays after church his family would sometimes take a ride by the crops on the farm and how he could see the pride in the eyes of his mom and dad. He did not understand it at the time, but as he got older it made much more sense to him. In fact, he says he realized that when he would sit on the bench before a game, looking over the empty ice and the silent arena, he was performing the same ritual as his father with the crops on the farm.

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 7:52 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Brodeur still waiting for another opportunity

TORONTO -- Martin Brodeur is still waiting for an opportunity to play in the NHL again, and he isn't ready to call it a career yet.

The former New Jersey Devils goaltender spoke to reporters before the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and said if a team is looking for an experienced goaltender he will be ready.

"I'm working out," Brodeur said. "It's getting a little long, but I'm trying to skate as much as I can. I'm here if someone needs me."

Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
Posted On Monday, 11.17.2014 / 3:08 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Stamkos confident McDavid will bounce back

Steven Stamkos knows the pressure associated with being an elite prospect and the difficulty in living up to expectations in your draft year.

The Tampa Bay Lightning captain was asked for his opinion on the Nov. 11 fight that took place involving Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who is projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

McDavid, who had scored a point in every game but one this season and leads the Ontario Hockey League with 51 points in 18 games, fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand in the fight and is expected to be sidelined 5-6 weeks.


Full Story ›|Email & Share Options ›|Comment › |Print ›
First | Prev | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13-18 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

We're understanding what's bringing us success. We have a talented hockey club when everyone's committed to doing the right things and doing their job.

— Islanders captain John Tavares after a 4-1 win against the Penguins tied the teams atop the Metropolitan Division standings
2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series