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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:12 PM

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

Sundin grateful to Leafs fans for wonderful memories

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin was a hero in Toronto.

Now he's a Hall of Famer in Toronto.

As James Duthie pointed out, Sundin won the admiration of both Leafs Nation and Sweden. He only won a championship with one of them (not the Leafs), but he'll forever be remembered as one of the great Leafs of all time, if not the greatest.

He is the franchise's all-time leading scorer. He's the only Swede to score 500 goals in the NHL.

Sundin opened his speech by using the year 1966 and he reeled off the Hall of Fame class from that year. That same year his dad took his mom on their first date -- a hockey game.

"Five years later, I was born," Sundin said. "Forty-six years after that date, I'm standing here being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame."

He thanked his parents first.

"Without your support, I would not be standing here today," Sundin said.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Binnington perfect for 30 minutes, OHL leads after two

St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack left the game after 30 shutout minutes and a first-period goal by Ryan Strome remained the difference as the Ontario Hockey League maintained its 1-0 lead against Team Russia through two periods of Game 4 of the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.

Binnington only had to make eight saves for his half shutout before giving way to Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, at 10:32 of the second period.

“All these players are outstanding, both offensively and defensively,” Binnington told Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds. “They did a great job limiting [Russia] to eight shots.”

Though there were no goals scored in the second period, the game had terrific pace with lots of end to end action and some big hitting. A lot of the physical play was being instigated by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson, a Washington Capitals prospect who was hitting anything he could find in a red jersey.

Barrie Colts forward Anthony Camara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, had two of the better chances of the period. The first came when he nearly split the Russian defense to go in alone on goal, but 2013 NHL Draft prospect Mikhail Naumenkov dropped his stick as Camara went by, and the loose stick wound up knocking the puck away before Corrado could get a shot off.

Later, Camara was set up with an open net by London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith, but his redirection went just wide with a little less than six minutes to play in the period.

Paterson only needed to make three saves in the OHL net over the second half of the period, while Vasilevskiy has stopped 14 of 15 shots through 40 minutes for the Russians.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:52 PM

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

New HHOF member Sakic lived up to the hype

TORONTO -- As TSN host James Duthie talked about in his introduction, Joe Sakic was all hype as a young player in junior hockey.

He lived up to the hype -- and then some.

Sakic won the Stanley Cup twice. He won an Olympic gold medal, scoring four points in the gold-medal game. He finished with 1,641 career points.

Sakic always had a place reserved in the Hall of Fame. Now he is finally going to occupy it.

"Joe belongs to the Hockey Hall of Fame because he is a special player," Patrick Roy said on the TSN broadcast. "He is a player that was a difference maker in our game."

In his first remarks as a Hall of Famer, Sakic congratulated his fellow inductees -- showing his humble, selfless side.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:18 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:08 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 7:59 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 7:48 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 6:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 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.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 3:50 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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