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Lindros leads 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class

Former Flyers forward selected along with Makarov, Vachon, Quinn @NHLdotcom

Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and Pat Quinn are heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The 18-member selection committee announced the Class of 2016 on Monday. The 2016 Induction Celebration will be held Nov. 14 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Lindros was one of the top players in the NHL in the mid-1990s. He was on the League's All-Rookie team in 1993 and won the Hart Trophy as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1995 after finishing with 70 points in 46 games. He followed that with a NHL career-high 115 points in 73 games in the 1995-96 season.

"I was very fortunate to have coaches, teammates, billets and parents who supported me throughout my career." Lindros said. "It also takes a lot of luck to get to the NHL."

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Lindros had 600 points in 431 games from 1992-99. He had 56 points in 48 Stanley Cup Playoff games during those years and helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1997, when they lost to the Detroit Red Wings. Lindros also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and gold at the 1991 IIHF World Junior Championship, when he had 17 points in seven games. Injuries limited Lindros to 760 NHL games; he scored 372 goals and 865 points for the Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars.

Makarov spent the first 11 seasons of his hockey career in Russia, winning eight World Championship gold medals, two Olympic gold medals and two World Junior Championship gold medals as part of the Red Army team. He was chosen by the Calgary Flames in the 12th round (No. 231) of the 1983 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut for Calgary in 1989, and won the Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie after scoring 24 goals and 86 points in 80 games.

He had 384 points in 424 NHL games between 1989-97 as a member of the Flames, San Jose Sharks and Stars.

"For everyone who plays the game, this is the top place," Makarov said. "It will be so nice to join all of those great players."

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Vachon was a goaltender from 1966-1982 for the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. He won the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1968 and 1969.

"I was very lucky to play for the Montreal Canadiens at the start of my career," Vachon said. "My first shot on net was a breakaway by Gordie Howe. I stopped it and it kept me in the League for 16 more years."

Quinn, inducted in the Builders category, was a longtime NHL coach of the Flyers, Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers. After nine seasons as a player, Quinn joined the Flyers as an assistant coach in 1977. Over the next 40 years he held coaching, managing and president positions in the League and with Team Canada. At the time of his death on Nov. 23, 2014, he was Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"Being recognized by Pat's hockey peers is truly a great honor," said his wife, Sandra Quinn. "I'm proud of Pat and what he accomplished."

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