The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame class will include, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, and Pavel Bure. Here’s what the four have to say about this great acomplishment… (via Hockey Hall of Fame Website)
Pavel Bure: “It is a tremendous honour to be selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Growing up I never even thought I would be able to play in the NHL, much less make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.”
Bure played 702 games in the NHL (13 seasons) and accumulated 779 points.
Mats Sundin: “Three years have passed since I retired and it makes me realize how privileged I was to play my entire career in Canada, where hockey really matters. Having my hobby and love for a sport become my livelihood really allowed me to live out my dream.”
In 18 seasons of NHL hockey, Sundin played 13 on the Maple Leafs and set records by “becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in goals with 420 and assists with 567. Sundin is the first Swedish-born player to reach 1,000 points in the NHL.” – Hockey Hall of Fame.
Joe Sakic: “As a kid I always dreamed about making the NHL, but never really thought at all about the Hockey Hall of Fame. I was fortunate to play 20 seasons, which gave me the opportunity to build on my list of accomplishments. Having great teammates and coaches was a key component of this.”
Joe Sakic played his entire 20-year career with the Nodiques/Avalanche franchise. He also won two Stanley Cups. “Sakic captained the team for 17 seasons, second longest in NHL history.” – Hockey Hall of Fame.
Adam Oates: “It is a tremendous honour to be selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Growing up I never even thought I would be able to play in the NHL, much less make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.”
In 19 NHL seasons, Oates played with seven different teams and had 1,063 assists in his career, the sixth most all-time in NHL history.
Also congrats to Super Joe on his hall of fame nomination. My hero growing up, one of the best ever on and off the ice #HHOF12
— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) June 26, 2012
Great list of inductees to the hall of fame. Bure was my favorite player growing up great to see the rocket in there!#congratstoall
— Tyler Bozak (@Bozie42) June 26, 2012