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The calls, their reactions, the big night at the Hall

Monday, 11.08.2010 / 4:20 PM
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The calls, their reactions, the big night at the Hall
Donning the honored member blazers they received Sunday in a ceremony at Air Canada Centre, the four inductees and the son of builder Daryl "Doc" Seaman accepted their Hall of Fame rings during a ceremony at the Hall this morning.

There is just one more ceremony to go in their monumental weekend, and it's the biggest one of them all.

Angela James, Cammi Granato, Dino Ciccarelli, Jim Devellano and Bob Seaman will each deliver speeches tonight to accept induction into hockey's holiest of places. NHL.com is live on site and you can follow along by clicking refresh on this page throughout the night to read excerpts of the speeches.

James and Granato will become the first two women inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ciccarelli has waited since 2002, his first year of eligibility, to deliver his speech. Devellano has been in hockey for 44 years and has been associated with seven Stanley Cup championship teams, so he's got a lot to say. Bob Seaman expects his speech to be the shortest because that's what his father, a driving force behind bringing the Flames and the Winter Olympics to Calgary, would have wanted.

This morning, as they sat on stage in the Great Hall, the Stanley Cup to their left, James, Granato, Ciccarelli, Devellano and Seaman all reflected on where they were and how they reacted when they got the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame asking if they would accept induction into the prestigious club.

James had the most interesting tale. She said she was lying on her couch while chatting on the phone with a reporter who was asking if she thought this would be the year of the women in the Hall of Fame when the phone beeped, she clicked over and it was a representative from the Hockey Hall of Fame telling her she'd been voted in.

"Every year I answered, 'I don't know, I haven't heard yet,' " James said. "Of course, I had to go back to the media person and say, 'I don't know, I haven't heard yet.' But, I got off the phone and I'm like, 'This was the call.' I was bawling."

Granato said she was at the beach with her entire family, including brother Tony, when she got the call. She knew the Hall vote was coming that day and she knew there was a chance for her, so she made sure to have her phone with her when she took a stroll on the sand with her then nine-month old, who she was trying to get to take a nap.

"I saw the 416 area code and said, 'Oh my god, is this it?' " Granato said. "I was waiting for the words because I didn't know if they called to tell you that you didn't make it. My whole family was there. We got some apple cider and had a toast on the beach."

Ciccarelli said he was lucky he even picked up the phone to get the call. For eight years he's been getting calls from reporters, including many from the Toronto area, asking if this would be his year, if he knew anything. On the day they announce the inductees he tries not to answer his phone when he doesn't recognize the number, but he when the call came in around 1 in the afternoon and it was a 416 area code he answered and got the news he'd been waiting for.

"I was just ecstatic," he said.

Devellano was in Toronto when the call came in, so the 416 area code wasn't out of the ordinary for him.

After 44 years, he could finally celebrate his Hall of Fame career.

Seaman said he had just gotten off the tractor and was making himself a sandwich when the Hall called informing him of his father's induction. He said he immediately got on the phone with Doc's brothers, B.J. and Don, to give them the good news.

"Then I went back to work," Bob Seaman said.

So, yes, they all celebrated the news in their own unique ways, but tonight they'll be happily crying together.

Hit refresh on this page tonight to read what they had to say.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl


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