NHL: 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Recap
The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Monday night in Toronto, with four new members being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The past couple months have been tough for the game of hockey and fans, with the NHL lockout still going on, but this was a nice little break from all of the hoopla.
Being able to look back at the career of these four amazing players is definitely a huge treat for anybody in the hockey world. The four former players inducted of course were Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin.
Bure, known as “The Russian Rocket” was one of the most explosive offensive players the game has ever seen. He scored 50-plus goals in a season, five times over his career, with two of those being 60 goal seasons. As great as Bure’s career was, knee injuries hampered him, and one could only imagine where his career goal total would have been, if he had stayed healthy.
Oates, known as one of the great playmakers and passers of all time, finished his career with 1079 assists. He put up some remarkable numbers especially in the early 1990s, playing with such snipers at Brett Hull and Cam Neely. Oates had a career high 97 assists and 142 total points, during the 1992-93 season with the Boston Bruins.
Sakic, who played his entire career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, had such a lethal shot. Anytime he had the puck in the offensive zone, you knew something good was about to happen. Sakic was one of the best overall offensive players of his generation and also an outstanding leader and captain. He finished his career with 1641 total points in 1378 total games, well above a point per game player.
Sundin, who was actually a teammate of Sakic’s for four seasons with the Nordiques in the early 1990s, was best known for his many great seasons as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sundin is huge at 6-5, and that size, as well as offensive creativity, made him a very unique player. He was a very consistent offensive threat throughout his career, scoring 20-plus goals in every season, except his last season when he played in just 41 games with the Vancouver Canucks.