|Brett Hull leads the Blues' All-Time list for goals scored with 527. He played in 744 games while wearing the BlueNote and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November (Getty Images). |
TORONTO – Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors, Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn, Co-Chairmen of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, announced today that Brett Hull
, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Lou Lamoriello was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these five hockey legends as Honoured Members,” said Jim Gregory. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
A native of Belleville, Ontario, Brett Hull played college hockey for two seasons at the University of Minnesota Duluth, before embarking on his professional career in 1986. Hull played 19 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups with Detroit and Dallas. A three-time first team NHL All-Star, along with his father Bobby, he is the only NHL father-son duo to each record 600 goals and 1,000 career points.
“It is hard to put into words what this means to me; especially since I’m joining my father in the Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Hull. “Simply getting to the NHL was a challenge for me, and I would like to thank all of my supporters who made many sacrifices on my behalf.”
Brian Leetch played his collegiate hockey at Boston College and was drafted in the first round (9th overall) in 1986. He turned pro with the Rangers in 1987 and went on to play 18 NHL seasons, winning the James Norris trophy twice. Leetch was a key member of the Rangers’ 1993-94 Stanley Cup winning team and became the first U.S. born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s playoff MVP.
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Brett Hull scored 741 goals in his NHL career, which ranks third all-time. He was acquired by the Blues on March 7, 1988 in a trade with Calgary that sent Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley to the Flames. He spent 10 seasons as a member of the Blues and ranks third all-time in franchise history in games played. Hull joins a 2009 Hall of Fame class that features Steve Yzerman, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille.
“I am humbled and excited by this honour, particularly since for me it is difficult to think of myself as a member of the Hall of Fame,” said Leetch. “My hockey career has been a long and enjoyable process. I am appreciative of all those who have helped me. From my father as my youth coach, to Mark Messier who helped me out so much -- both on and off the ice surface.”
Luc Robitaille played his Junior hockey in Hull, Quebec under the tutelage of Pat Burns. A late selection (9th round) of the Los Angeles Kings in 1984, he went on to win the Calder Trophy in his rookie season in 1987. He played 19 NHL seasons, ranking 10th amongst NHLers all time in scoring and his eight 40+ goal seasons are only surpassed by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy.
“My goal was always just to play in the NHL and I never dreamed of anything beyond that,” said Robitaille. “To be honoured in the same room as The Rocket, Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky is a tremendous honour.”
Steve Yzerman was selected 4th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1983 Entry Draft and went on to play 22 seasons for the Wings. The longest serving team captain in Red Wings history (1986 until 2006), Yzerman holds numerous team records, led the team to three Stanley Cups and was a member of Canada’s gold medal winning Olympic team in 2002.
“It is a tremendous honour to receive this news,” said Steve Yzerman. “I want to thank the Selection Committee for recognizing my contributions – I truly had chills down my spine when I got the news.”
In the Builder Category, long-time New Jersey Devils General Manager, Lou Lamoriello was honoured for his over 40 years of contributions to the game – both at the collegiate and NHL levels. Under his leadership the Devils have won three Stanley Cups: in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
“This award is completely unexpected,” said Lamoriello. “Over my career I have been fortunate to have been associated with great players and coaches, and this award recognizes their contributions to my career.”
The 2009 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 9th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2009 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com.