MONTREAL – It may have come a few days late, but a phone call from the Hall of Fame was probably the best birthday gift Doug Gilmour has ever received.
|Class of 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Doug Gilmour |
After becoming eligible for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, Gilmour – who turned 48 on Saturday – will officially become an Honoured Member of the prestigious club this November. One of the most complete players of his era and dominant at both ends of the ice, “Killer” racked up 1,414 points in 1,474 NHL games over two decades with the Blues, Flames, Leafs, Devils, Blackhawks, Sabres and Canadiens.
A dominant physical force despite his 5-foot-11 frame, the Selke Trophy winner was at his best when it mattered most, posting 188 points in 182 playoff games – including 22 points en route to a Stanley Cup championship with the Flames in 1989. Gilmour is seventh all-time in NHL playoff scoring behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey and Brett Hull.
The Kingston, ON native suited up for 131 games with the Canadiens in his two seasons in Montreal, stepping up for Saku Koivu when the Habs captain was out with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2001-02. The 20-year NHL veteran tied Donald Audette and Koivu for the team lead with 10 points in 12 playoff games that spring. Gilmour is joined by Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Mark Howe in the Hall of Fame Class of 2011.Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.SEE ALSODoug Gilmour photo galleryBetween the Pipes Seven players receive qualifying offers Draftology 101 Day 2 Recap