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BARRASSO INDUCTED INTO US HHOF

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Tom Barrasso (NHL)

Tom Barrasso considers the shootout a "necessary evil" in today's game.

The shootout, adopted by the League just prior to the 2005-06 campaign, was created to put an end to ties and undoubtedly provide the fans some fantastic finishes.

"It's great for the fans; they love it," Barrasso told NHL.com. "It diminishes the role of many players on the team, which is unfortunate. I think the goalies have come to accept it so I think it's just another way we've moved forward with our game. People leave the building knowing there's a winner and I think that's what they want."

Barrasso, currently an assistant coach for the Carolina Hurricanes, was one of four individuals inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. He was joined by Tony Amonte and John LeClair. Inventor Frank Zamboni was enshrined posthumously while the 1998 Women's Olympic team became the first group enshrined in the Hall since 2003 (1980 Men's Olympic Team).

Barrasso, of course, was the only goalie to make the NHL right out of high school without some form of major-junior or collegiate experience. He can recall his first season in Buffalo as if it were yesterday.

"When I look back now, I don't even know how it was possible to play on that level but that's one of the things I'm most proud of," he said. "It was also some of the most fun I've ever had, playing with grown men like Jerry Korab, Gilbert Perreault and listening to their stories -- things I'll cherish. There was no pressure, no one expected me to be as successful as I was."

Barrasso won the Calder Trophy and Vezina Trophy after finishing 26-12-3 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .893 save percentage as a rookie with the Sabres in 1983-84.
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