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1981 Hockey Inductees

This is the type of class we like to see every year. It has only three players, all of which deserve to enter, and representative of great franchises in the National Hockey League.   With Frank Mahovolich, Allan Stanley and John Bucyk, you have Original Six dynasties, Stanley Cup Rings and a bundle of class, and with only three inductees, all can receive the attention they earned. This is how it should look every year.
He wasn’t the fastest skater on the ice (a nickname of “Snowshoes” due to his plodding skating style attests to that) but Allan Stanley filled the role of a stay at home Defenceman very well, and was a three time Post Season All Star selection because of it.
“The Big M”, Frank Mahovlich had a very productive career, though the way he was constantly booed by the Toronto Maple Leafs (while he played for them), you would never have known it.
Playing the vast majority of his career with the Boston Bruins, John Bucyk exemplified class and skill throughout his lengthy NHL career. Bucyk may never have been considered the best Left Wing during his day (as evidenced by only two All Star Selections) but he was a very consistent producer and retired ranked number four in points when he retired.