Forsberg, Modano, Hasek and Pat Burns headline 2014 Hall of Fame inductees
The 2014 Hall of Fame induction class is not too shabby.
Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Dominik Hasek, and Rob Blake were inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame for their legendary playing careers in the past two decades. Former Bruins coach Pat Burns, who passed away in 2010, was posthumously inducted to the Hall as a builder.
A seven-time All-Star, Forsberg played 14 seasons in the NHL, most of them with the Colorado Avalanche. Forsberg won the Calder Trophy in 1995 and two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001 with the Avs. Forsberg scored 885 points in 708 career games played in the NHL, with his best point-producing season coming in just his second season as a pro, recording 116 points (30 goals, 86 assists) and leading Colorado to the Cup title. He won both the Hart Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy in 2003.
Dominik Hasek is often described as the greatest goalie to ever play in the NHL, as he was a six-time Vezina winner, and a two-time recipient of the Hart Trophy, the first goalie to do so since Jaqcues Plantes in 1962. Hasek is most remembered for his time spent with the Detroit Red Wings and the Buffalo Sabres, where he won two Stanley Cups with the Wings and carried the Sabres on his back to Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Dallas Stars.
Mike Modano is perhaps the greatest American-born NHL player of all-time, as he finished his career with 561 goals scored and 1,374 points, the most ever by an American-born player. Playing 21 of his 22 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and the Dallas Stars, Modano took the Stars to the Stanley Cup championship in 1999, beating the Sabres and Hasek in six games.
Rob Blake played over 20 seasons in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks. Blake won the Norris Trophy in the '97-'98 season with the Kings and the Stanley Cup with the Avs in 2001.
Pat Burns was a coach for the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year three times, first in 1988-89 with the Habs, in '92-'93 with the Leafs and with the Bruins in '97-'98, and won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.
Longtime referee Bill McCreary, known for his kick-ass mustache and incredible respect around the league as one of the game's best officials, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. McCreary officiated 1,700 regular season games as well as 282 postseason games.
Notable players to miss out on the Hall of Fame this year include Jeremy Roenick, Eric Lindros, and Mark Recchi. In his first year of eligibility, Recchi did not make the cut, but the three-time Cup champion should not have to wait much longer to get elected into the Hall.