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Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille, Leetch get Hall of Fame

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Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch are going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The selection committee announced on a conference call Tuesday it had elected the maximum four players this year. All were eligible for the first time.

New Jersey Devils president Lou Lamoriello was also elected in the builder category.

Yzerman ranks sixth all-time in points with 1,755. The longtime Detroit Red Wings captain won the Stanley Cup three times and a gold medal with Canada in the 2002 Olympics.

"Even now when I go back home in the summers, it's really something that's really important to Canadian hockey fans and Canadians in general that we were able to win that medal," Yzerman said.

Hull's 741 goals rank third all-time. He played 19 years with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes. Hull received the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1991.

His father, Bobby, is already in the Hall.

"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," Hull said in a statement.

His 741 goals trail only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe, and his 24 career playoff game-winning goals are tied with Gretzky for the most in NHL history. He scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Stars in the third overtime of Game 6 of the 1999 finals.

Hull was traveling in his current job as the Stars' executive vice president during the announcement.

Leetch became the first American-born player to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy after leading the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994. He also twice won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

Leetch is one of just five defensemen to have a 100-point season.

He and Hull played on the gold medal-winning 1996 U.S. World Cup team for which Lamoriello was the general manager.

"For sure, Brett and I were part of a group that were old enough to remember 1980 and to be spurred on that from a country standpoint," Leetch said.

Robitaille's 668 goals are the most by a left wing. He received the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1987.

Yzerman, Hull and Robitaille won a Stanley Cup together with the Red Wings in 2002.

"It was a great amount of good pressure where we were expected to win, but it was a lot of fun," Robitaille said.

Lamoriello has served as the Devils' president since 1987 and has taken over twice as the team's coach, in 2005-06 and 2007. New Jersey has won the Stanley Cup three times under his leadership.

A player must be retired for three seasons before becoming eligible to enter the Hall. The induction ceremony will be Nov. 9.

At least 14 of the Hall's 18-member selection committee must vote for a player for him to be elected.

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