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Hall of Fame

Sakic's wrist shot the scourge of NHL goalies

Saturday, 11.03.2012 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Quick, hard, accurate and impossible to track -- Joe Sakic's unmatched wrist shot forced many a goalie to turn around and go fishing for the puck somewhere deep inside the net.

"Yeah, he was pretty sick," former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes said. "Just YouTube him and watch."

Sakic officially will be enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 12 largely because of his effective and, quite frankly, impossibly good wrist shot that helped him score 625 career regular-season goals and 84 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Opponents were left in awe of it on most nights, almost as if they never saw it coming -- because a lot of times they didn't.

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Quiet steadiness defined Sakic's Hall of Fame career

Saturday, 11.03.2012 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

It was an early fall night in Hartford, the opening night of the 72nd National Hockey League season. For Joe Sakic, it was the kind of night of which dreams are made.

Sakic, Quebec's rookie center with the wicked wrist shot, dressed in the smallish visitors' dressing room deep inside Hartford Civic Center shortly before darting out for warm-ups with butterflies in his stomach.

He went back in the dressing room and waited, still nervous and tense, for what seemed like an eternity. The ice was cleaned and fans settled into their seats -- to unknowingly watch the birth of a Hall of Fame career.

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2012 Hall inductees: Sundin, Sakic, Oates, Bure

Tuesday, 06.26.2012 / 5:30 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Joe Sakic vividly remembers attending his first NHL game at Pacific Coliseum and seeing the Vancouver Canucks play host to the Atlanta Flames. He was with his dad. He was four years old.

The score and the date are all long forgotten, but the memory of the event lives on in Sakic's mind because it was at that game that the young child from Burnaby, B.C., decided he wanted to be a hockey player.

"I don't think I remember anything else from age 10 down, but I do remember that," Sakic said. "I wanted to play that sport."

He played it like a Hall of Famer, which is exactly what Sakic will become later this year.

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Classy Sakic was no ordinary Joe on the ice

Tuesday, 06.26.2012 / 3:49 PM / Hall of Fame

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- An ordinary Joe? Well, yes and no. Joe Sakic, elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday, was anything but an average hockey player during his 20-season career in the NHL, the first seven with the Quebec Nordiques and the final 13 with the Colorado Avalanche after the franchise moved to Denver in 1995.

The former star center's statistics speak for themselves, which is so appropriate because Sakic relished his reputation for saying so little about his own remarkable achievements over the years. Never a braggart or one to say anything controversial that might merit a mention on a sports talk show or nightly sportscast, he even joked with some pride about his "Quoteless Joe" reputation for giving bland responses in interviews, repeating the nickname himself with a smile and twinkle in his eye.

He was as approachable and friendly as any athlete, a guy who was willing to talk about almost any topic -- as long as it wasn't about himself.

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Sakic, Shanahan highlight list of expected Hall calls

Monday, 06.25.2012 / 2:29 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Joe Sakic and Brendan Shanahan should be receiving phone calls sometime Tuesday afternoon from executives at the Hockey Hall of Fame. They won't be asking for memorabilia.

Sakic and Shanahan, who combined for 1,281 goals and five Stanley Cup rings all won between 1996-2002, are expected to headline the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which will be announced in full Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET (live on NHL Network-U.S.). The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 12 at the historic building on the corner of Front and Yonge streets in Toronto.

Sakic and Shanahan were first-round picks in 1987 and retired after the 2008-09 season, so they have waited the required three years per the Hall's rules to be eligible for induction. Joining the two shoo-ins as first-time eligible candidates who could get a call from the Hall on Tuesday are Jeremy Roenick, Mats Sundin and Curtis Joseph.

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Bure, Housley among 2012 IIHF Hall of Fame class

Friday, 12.02.2011 / 10:06 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Former Canuck Pavel Bure will be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)
Russian superstar Pavel Bure and Phil Housley, the highest-scoring U.S.-born defenseman in NHL history, are among five players that will be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2012 will be celebrated May 20 in Helsinki, the final day of the IIHF World Championship.

Joining Bure and Housley will be six-time Finnish Olympian Raimo Helminen and Czech star Milan Novy. Former NHL coach Andy Murray will be inducted in the Builder's category, and Kent Angus was named the winner of the Paul Loicq Award for outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international hockey.

Bure burst onto the international hockey scene at the 1989 World Junior Championship. Playing on a line with Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny, he had 8 goals and 6 assists in just seven games. That same year, he was drafted in the sixth round by Vancouver Canucks.
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Lacrosse skills helped Nieuwendyk's goal scoring

Monday, 11.14.2011 / 2:21 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- When Al MacInnis would wind up for one of his light-speed slap shots, almost everyone on the ice and even in the stands would duck or dive out of the way.

Not Joe Nieuwendyk. He never worried about the flying frozen disc that was coming fast, hard and heavy off of MacInnis' blade hitting him, because most of the time he knew what the Hall of Fame defenseman was aiming for.

"I think a lot of people feared Al's shot, so he was looking for me in those instances," Nieuwendyk said Monday morning from the Hockey Hall of Fame, several hours before he officially becomes an honored member like MacInnis, his former teammate in Calgary. "Every now and then you'd take one, but the reward was much greater than the danger in my opinion."
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A unique game-calling style has helped Redmond voice a Hall of Fame career

Monday, 11.14.2011 / 9:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"He's meant a lot to hockey, first as a player but also as a commentator. He's a very big part of (this organization), because he's been here for so long and people know his voice and know his face. He's just a good guy to be around."
-- Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom

DETROIT – Ask him about his 32-year hockey broadcasting career and Mickey Redmond will likely tell you that it all started by chance.

He'll tell you the story about a failed comeback attempt as a player in 1979 in Adirondack, N.Y., and how it was cut short by persistent back problems. He'll mention that a friend called him after he'd  quit playing for good, offering him the chance to do color-analyst work for 15 televised Detroit Red Wings games that year.

"The rest is pretty much history," he'll say, trying to downplay his career upstairs in the booth.
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Inductees speak with fans at Q&A session

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 5:20 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- They showed up wearing Maple Leafs blue, Flames red, Flyers orange and Stars green. One fan, wearing a Florida jersey, announced that she flew up from Fort Lauderdale to be here just to see two of her favorite former Panthers -- Joe Nieuwendyk and Ed Belfour.

Like so many others on Sunday, she got to ask a question to a soon-to-be Hall of Famer. Like so many others on Sunday, she was thrilled just to get a response.

The annual hour-long Fan Forum during Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend started in 2000 when Wayne Gretzky wanted to get up close and personal with the people who watched him from the time he was the next one to the time he became The Great One.

The event has become a hit at the Hall of Fame ever since, and on Sunday morning Nieuwendyk, Belfour, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe spent 60 minutes laughing with each other while telling stories, offering advice to children and rehashing the best moments of their careers.
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Howe happy about sharing Hall honor with father

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

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Mark Howe has earned his spot alongside Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Doug Gilmour in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011. (Getty Images)
Mark Howe considers himself lucky to have earned induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but as special as the day of his enshrinement among the game's immortals will be, there's one important reason he feels blessed to have it happen at this point in his life.
 
"My only thought to the whole thing was that if it does happen, I would just like my father to still be on this earth," Howe told NHL.com. "Dad's here, dad knows about it."
 
The man he calls "Dad" is known to the rest of the hockey world as Gordie Howe, and on Nov. 14, he'll know what the rest of the hockey world already does -- that Mark has earned his spot alongside Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Doug Gilmour in the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
 
The Howes will join Bobby and Brett Hull as the only father-and-son tandem to play their way into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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