For our purposes, this is actually big news.
To enter the Hockey Hall of Fame you have to receive 14 votes out of 18 from the Hockey Hall of Fame Committee, so when three of them are replaced, it stands to reason that we here at Notinhalloffame.com are interested in knowing who it is.
Hall of Fame inductees, Jari Kurri and Ron Francis have been chosen to be a part of the selection committee. Kurri is currently the General Manager of Jokerit, a Finnish club in the KHL and Francis is the Vice President and the General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The third man selection is TSN hockey insider, Bob McKenzie, a well known fixture on NHL broadcasts for the Canadian sports flagship network.
The trip replaces Lanny McDonald, another Hall of Famer, who has stepped down to take over as the Chairman of the Board for the Hall. The other two replaced are American broadcaster, Mike Emrick and Hall of Fame inductee, Peter Stastny, both of which served their three year terms on the committee.
It is worth noting that TSN’s Michael Farber, Toronto Globe and Mail columnist, Eric Duhatschek and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Torrey had their three year terms renewed and will continue on the committee.
The other 12 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee are:
John Davidson, a former goalie and the current President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Scotty Bowman, a 14 time Stanley Cup winner as a coach or executive.
David Branch, the Commissioner of the OHL.
Brian Burke, the President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames.
Colin Campbell, the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League.
Marc de Foy, a columnist for Le Journal de Montreal.
Mike Gartner, a Hockey Hall of Famer.
Anders Hedberg, a former NHL player and Swedish star and executive.
Igor Larionov, a Hockey Hall of Famer and former Soviet star.
David Polie, the President of Business Operations and General Mnager of the Nashville Predators.
Luc Robitaille, a Hockey Hall of Famer and the President of Business Operations with the Los Angeles Kings.
With no clear cut Hall of Fame inductees for next year, this could be the opportunity for players like Eric Lindros, Paul Kariya, Dave Andreychuk and Sergei Makarov to get the call after years of waiting on the ballot.
These eighteen men will decide the next class in June of next year, and clearly it will be the most interesting one yet!