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.