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Hall of Fame

Famous last name no burden for Howe

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Mark Howe is going to be enshrined Nov. 14 in the Hockey Hall of Fame, taking a deserved place among the rest of the game's immortals.

He played nearly 1,000 games in the NHL, was a three-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy, a Hart Trophy finalist, was recognized as one of the best defensemen of his era and has been a part of four Stanley Cup champions as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings.

But he'll always be best known as Gordie Howe's son.

"I think to this day I'm still referred to as Gordie's son," Mark told NHL.com. "But it wasn't a burden."

'Mrs. Hockey' was very instrumental for Mark Howe

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Growing up, Mark Howe had two tremendous role models that aided in his development into an NHL star and an invitee to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

One was his father, Gordie Howe, the legendary "Mr. Hockey." But the other was a somewhat lesser-known figure, a woman affectionately known as "Mrs. Hockey" -- Mark's mother, Colleen Howe.

"My mom had a lot more to do with me being a pro than my dad," Mark told NHL.com.

Whether it was packing the kids off for practice or sending her two sons and her husband off to play on the same line in the World Hockey Association, Colleen Howe was the family's driving force. 

Mental toughness carried Belfour to Hall of Fame

Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Craig Button laughed while recalling the time he witnessed Bob Gainey taking practice shots on Eddie Belfour.
"Eddie had hurt his knee the year after we won the Cup, so he was back in Dallas trying to rehab it," Button told NHL.com. Button worked in Dallas under Gainey, the team's GM, when Belfour was the goalie,  "Bob went down on the ice to shoot on him to help him get his rhythm. I said to Eddie after, 'Holy, Bob Gainey might have been a 50-goal scorer the way he was shooting them past you this morning.' "
Button then paused ever-so slightly, as if to transition into his main point about Belfour.

Roberts developed strong bond with Nieuwendyk

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 2:17 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

If Joe Nieuwendyk needs a stand-in at any point during Hockey Hall of Fame weekend, Gary Roberts will be on site and is available for hire.

Hey, it's the least Nieuwendyk can do for his childhood friend and bodyguard.

"I played lacrosse with Joe, he was our best player, and I had to stick up for him. We got to the NHL, he became a 50-goal scorer, and I would have to protect him," Roberts told NHL.com while laughing at the memories. "So, he owes me. I took care of that guy his whole life. I told him if he's too busy to go get inducted I'll go get inducted for him."

Nieuwendyk's career ensured everyone knew his name

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Forget about learning how to spell his name, Calgarians in 1985 didn't even want to know Joe Nieuwendyk. To them, he was simply the East Coaster out of Cornell that the Flames drafted with the second-round pick they acquired in the Kent Nilsson-to-Minnesota trade.

Nilsson was one of the most recognizable players in Calgary and a two-time 100-point guy. Nieuwendyk was a nobody from Ontario.

"That was the original thing, how can they trade Kent Nilsson, a 100-point guy, for Joe who?" Nieuwendyk told NHL.com. "That was the headline in the (Calgary Herald) the next day, 'Joe Who?' That's how I first started in Calgary. But once I got playing and had success my first year, they didn't write that stuff anymore."

Today they're writing about a Hall of Fame career that began in Alberta's most populated city. 

Jones' enshrinement something to write home about

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 11:00 PM / Hall of Fame

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Once writer Terry Jones is enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday, he doesn't expect much to change when he's working on his next assignment at the Edmonton Sun.

"A week later, I'll write a column that two-thirds of the town doesn't like and they'll be all over me, as per usual," said Jones, who has covered everything from Wayne Gretzky's arrival in the NHL to every Canada/World Cup hockey tournament since 1976 during his 40-plus years as a reporter and columnist based in Edmonton.

Jones is receiving the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award. It is given in recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honor to journalism and to hockey. One of the first phone calls he received after the announcement was from Gretzky, which speaks volumes about the relationship Jones cultivated with the greatest hockey player of all time.

Gilmour reflects on career that nearly never happened

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Doug Gilmour will be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday night. (Photo: Getty Images)
Doug Gilmour just wanted to survive.
Winning the Stanley Cup, producing a 127-point season, winning the hearts of everyone in Toronto, getting the call from the Hall -- it was all part in parcel to Gilmour's plain and simple goal of surviving to play another game in the NHL.
"I just look back and say I can't believe I lasted that long," Gilmour told NHL.com.
Gilmour, all 5-feet, 10 inches and 175 pounds of him, made his lasting power matter, finishing his career with 1,414 regular-season points on 450 goals and 964 assists in 1,656 career games. He's 12th all-time in assists and 17th in points. He added 60 goals and 128 assists for 188 points in 182 playoff games.
Monday night he'll be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame with 2011 classmates Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Mark Howe. Gilmour won the Stanley Cup in 1989 with Nieuwendyk and was teammates with Nieuwendyk and Belfour in Toronto.

2011 class: Nieuwendyk, Belfour, Gilmour, Howe

Tuesday, 06.28.2011 / 3:23 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Ed Belfour didn't have to wait long to make the Hockey Hall of Fame. "The Eagle" got his phone call in his first year of eligibility.

"Having my father be Gordie Howe, I just know what a tremendous day this is for my dad. It makes me very emotional and it brings a tear to my eye. I'm very grateful." -- Mark Howe

Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk had to sweat it out, but like Belfour, they were also selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

No builders, females or officials were voted in by the Selection Committee. The induction ceremony for the Class of 2011 is Nov. 14 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

"Obviously it's a real honor and it's even more of an honor to be picked right away," said Belfour, who still lives in Dallas, where he won the Stanley Cup in 1999. "I was just flabbergasted when I heard about it."

Nieuwendyk, Belfour among top HOF candidates

Tuesday, 06.28.2011 / 10:57 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Tuesday could be a big day in the history of the Dallas Stars. A couple of their former Stanley Cup champions will find out if they are heading into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ed Belfour and current Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk are among the favorites to be honored by the 18-member Selection Committee, which will reveal the Class of 2011 in a live televised announcement at 3 p.m. ET. It will be carried in the United States by NHL Network, which is picking up TSN's coverage in Canada.

Belfour headlines the list of first-time candidates eligible for induction and Nieuwendyk is in his second year of eligibility after being passed over last season. Both played for the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup championship team, with Nieuwendyk winning the Conn Smythe Trophy and Belfour posting a 1.67 goals-against average.

Larionov added to HHOF selection committee

Thursday, 03.31.2011 / 11:36 AM / Hall of Fame


Hockey Hall of Famer Igor Larionov has been appointed as a new member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Larionov, who won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in addition to a stellar international career, was inducted into the Hall in 2008. His term on the committee lasts March 31, 2014.

In addition, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and NHL Senior Vice President Jim Gregory also were appointed for three more years.
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