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Former Detroit goalie Osgood hopes to be inducted

by Mike Brophy

TORONTO -- When it comes to debating who might be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the future, Chris Osgood's name usually comes up.

And the argument could be made Osgood had the numbers in his 17-year NHL career to be considered for induction.

The former goalie had his best years with the Detroit Red Wings; Osgood won two Stanley Cups, became the 10th goalie to win 400 games, is 10th all-time with 401 victories, has the seventh best goals-against average of all-time (2.49), led the NHL in GAA in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2007-08 and led the NHL in wins in 1995-96 (39).

Osgood was at the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony as the guest of Dominik Hasek, his former teammate in Detroit.

"In the end the night is all about him, but to be asked by a superstar player like Dominik Hasek to be here means you made some kind of little impact on him," Osgood said.

Osgood does not try to deflect the fact he'd like consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame.

"Sure I think about it," Osgood said. "People ask me about it all the time, 'When do you think you're going to go in?' I tell them I don't know, but I hope I do. I think my numbers speak for themselves. It's not easy to win in the National Hockey League; it's a tough league. In the end it's not up to me. It's out of my hands. I can't play anymore so if there comes a day I do get into the Hall of Fame it'll be a huge party."

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