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."
"They have earned this moment, hockey immortality," Duthie said before turning the microphone over to Hockey Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Bill Hay.
Hay said achieving honored membership in the Hall means "achieving greatness…over a long period." He said the Hall was honored and proud to host Bure, Sudin, Sakic and Oates plus all of their family members.
Hay then continued to thank all of the workers and volunteers, the members of the Selection Committee and the viewers at home.
"Please enjoy with us the ceremonies and the evening," Hay concluded.
Up first, Pavel Bure.
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