2014 Hockey Inductees

Easily one of our favorite classes for the international flavor, Dominik Hasek (Czech Republic), Mike Modano (U.S.A.), Peter Forsberg (Sweden) and Rob Blake (Canada), anything headlined by the “Dominator” can overlook a bad class.  Fortunately, this is not an issue here!
Bill McCreary refereed 1,700 NHL Games and 282 NHL Playoff Games, including thirteen Stanley Cup Finals in a row. You don’t get those opportunities because you have a bias or are bad at your job! McCreary also officiated the Gold Medal Game in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The best Goalie of his time, and a man with a case to say he was the best ever, Dominik Hasek had a spectacular run taking the Czech Republic to an unexpected Olympic Gold in 1998 and was a two time Hart Trophy Winner and six time Vezina Trophy Winner. If he had any real NHL talent in front of him, his fingers would be…
The first player selected in the 1988 NHL Draft, Mike Modano would go on to have a very fruitful career as the highest scoring player all time by an American born player. Modano would take the Dallas Stars to their first ever Stanley Cup Championship in 1999 and would also be named to a Second Team All Star squad.
One of the biggest travesties in our eyes is that Pat Burns did not get into the Hockey Hall of Fame while he was alive. As Burns was dying of cancer, a large grass roots movement was afoot to get him inducted but alas the former Coach of the Year had to be elected posthumously. Burns always made his teams better, was beloved by fanbases…
The best player in the famous Nordiques/Flyers Eric Lindros trade was not Lindros. Rather it was the Swedish born playmaker, Peter Forsberg, who would win the Hart Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and two Olympic Gold Medals and two Colorado Avalanche. Not a bad career for what was perceived as a throwaway in that trade!
A former Norris Trophy winner with the Los Angeles Kings, Rob Blake was named a First Team All Star once and a Second Team All Star three times. Blake was a member of the Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Championship in 2001 as well as an Olympic Gold Medalist in 2002 for the Canadian National Team.