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Milan Hejduk to be Inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

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Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk is one of six individuals to be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016, it was announced on Tuesday.

Hejduk was with the Avalanche organization since the Quebec Nordiques selected him in the fourth round (No. 87 overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He broke into the league with the Avs as a right wing in 1998 and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team for the 1998-99 season.

During his 14-season career with the Avalanche, he ranked second in franchise history for games played (1,020), fourth in goals (375) and points (805), fifth in assists (430) and is the all-time leader in franchise overtime goals (nine). He is also second in franchise game-winning goals (59). A member of Colorado's 2001 Stanley Cup championship squad, Hejduk also won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer (50) following the 2002-03 season.

Hejduk, who served one season (2011-12) as the Avs captain, was selected to play in three NHL All-Star Games (2000, 2001 and 2009). The Usti-Nad Labem, Czech Republic, native also represented his country at three Winter Olympics, which included capturing gold (Nagano, 1998) and bronze (Torino, 2006) medals, as well as a seventh-place finish (Salt Lake City, 2002).

The other inductees in next year's class includes Vinny Castilla of the Colorado Rockies, Ralph Simpson of the Denver Nuggets, track runner and high school athletic administrator Rhonda Blanford-Green, high school baseball coach Jim Danley and basketball coach Jim Toupal.

The 52nd annual CSHOF banquet will take place on April 19. Since its inception in 1965, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 240 individuals.

Information taken from the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

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