Ellis was joined at today's media conference by Hall of Famer Steve Shutt and former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Doug Gilmour who will both play on the "Original Six Legends" team in the inaugural "Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic" heritage game beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 6, 2004 at Air Canada Centre. "I am thrilled and honoured to participate in this prestigious event having experienced the awesome skill level and sportsmanship of all three of these great Hall of Fame defensemen throughout my NHL career, and especially because of my long-time association with Cliff," said Gilmour.
One of the highlights of the "2004 Legends Classic" will be the first ever public presentation of the "Official Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Blazer" to each of the 2004 Inductees during the pre-game ceremony.
Honoured Member Steve Shutt (left) and former Leafs captain Doug Gilmour raise a Hockey Hall of Fame jersey six weeks before the two lace up for the inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic heritage game set for Saturday, November, 6th.
"Essentially, we are bringing a piece of the Induction Ceremony to hockey fans on a larger scale, not unlike what Cooperstown and Canton do for baseball and football respectively," said Ellis. "We hope that this format will begin a new tradition which will attract hockey fans from all over North America to the Induction Weekend each year."
A portion of the proceeds from the "2004 Legends Classic" will be shared by the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization ("CSRO").
In addition to in-arena and on-line auctions featuring autographed game-worn "Legends Classic" jerseys, CSRO, under its "Shoot For A Cure" fundraising initiative,
Two of the five custom goalie masks designed and autographed by celebrities flank Doug Gilmore's 2004 Legends Classic heritage game jersey. These are only a selection of items that will be auctioned off as part of the 2004 Induction Weekend "Shoot For A Cure" fund-raising initiative.
will unveil five custom goalie masks designed and autographed by Don Cherry, Mike Weir, Nickelback, The Tragically Hip and The Barenaked Ladies. The masks will go on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame's new "Collector's Corner" exhibit on November 5th and will be available for on-line bidding during the month of November.
Other activities at the Hockey Hall of Fame during the Induction Weekend include fan forums, photo opportunities, contest promotions, premiums and a unique concert event featuring an all-star line-up of Canadian musicians who love the game of hockey led by Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy and billed as "Jim Cuddy's All-Stars". All of these events will culminate in TSN's two-hour live coverage of the Induction Ceremony beginning at 7:00 PM (EST) on Monday, November 8th, 2004.
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Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 2004 Inductees
Raymond Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy elected in Players Category
Cliff Fletcher elected as a Builder
TORONTO (June 9, 2004) -- Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that three players who starred in the NHL on defence Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. The vote was made today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Ray, Paul and Larry as Honoured Members," said Jim Gregory. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hall of Fame is richly deserved."
A native of Montréal, Quebec, Raymond Bourque starred in the QMJHL where he played as a 16-year-old with the Sorel Eperviers and continued with the team when it moved to Verdun the following season. His success in Junior was clearly recognized when the Boston Bruins made him their first round selection (8th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Ray made an immediate impact in the NHL, winning the Calder Trophy in 1979-80 and was named to the NHL's First All-Star team the only time the NHL has awarded this dual honour to either a defenceman or forward. Bourque was named to the NHL's First All-Star team 12 times during his 19-year playing career, and won five Norris Trophies. He capped his playing career in June 2001 when he won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche and then retired later that same month.
"I was hoping to get the call today, but when it came I was completely speechless," said Bourque. "When I started out playing in the NHL, my goal was simply to establish myself as a player and I never contemplated this type of honour."
Born in 1961 in Weston, Ontario, Paul Coffey was the first selection of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1978 Midget draft. He played one and a half seasons in the Soo before being traded to the Kitchener Rangers, where he was playing when he was made a first round selection of the Edmonton Oilers (sixth overall) in the 1980 Entry Draft. During seven seasons with the Oilers, Coffey was a key component of three Stanley Cup teams and was a first team All-Star twice and second team All-Star on three occasions. He also won the Norris Trophy in 1985 and 1986. In 1987, he was traded to Pittsburgh and during his almost five seasons with the Penguins, Coffey again earned First and Second All-Star team member honours, and won his fourth Stanley Cup in 1991.
From Pittsburgh, Coffey spent a season in Los Angeles before being traded to Detroit in January of 1993. During his three and a half seasons in Detroit, Paul won his third Norris Trophy in 1995. When his 21-year playing career ended in 2001, Coffey retired second only to Ray Bourque in goal, assists and total points for an NHL defenceman.
"I had a chance to see Grant get elected to the Hall last year and it's a tremendous honour to join all of my Oilers teammates," said Coffey. "When we beat the Islanders to win our first Stanley Cup and later watched the stars from that team get into the Hall, it's amazing to receive the telephone call that Grant, Wayne, Jari and Slats got."
Hailing from Scarborough, Ontario, Larry Murphy played Junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes from 1978 to 1980, leading the team to the Memorial Cup in 1978-79. The Los Angles Kings first choice, fourth overall, in the 1980 Entry Draft, Larry set records for most assists (60) and points (76) in his first season in 1980-81. During his 21 NHL seasons, Larry played in 1,615 regular season games, scoring 287 goals, 929 assists and 1,216 points. A second team NHL All-Star in 1987, 1993 and 1995, Larry won four Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992 Pittsburgh and 1997 and 1998 with Detroit.
"This is something that, as a player, is the ultimate compliment," said Murphy. "It is a statement of appreciation and I am extremely thrilled to receive this honour."
In the Builder Category, Phoenix Coyotes executive Cliff Fletcher was elected.
Fletcher began his NHL career in 1966 as a scout for the Montreal Canadiens. From Montreal, he joined the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1967 where he later was named Assistant General Manager.
Continuing on his expansion run, Cliff joined the Atlanta Flames in 1972 as General Manager when they joined the NHL. He stayed with the team when it moved to Calgary in 1980, building a respected and successful franchise whose highlight was a Stanley Cup win in 1989.
From Calgary Fletcher moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where his work restoring the franchise led to him being named The Hockey News Executive of the Year in 1993. After Toronto, Cliff served as a consultant to the Tampa Bay Lightning and then moved to Phoenix in 2001, where he first served as General Manager and now currently hold the role of Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.
"This is a great honour and an unbelievable experience for me," said Fletcher.
"I wasn't certain if my name had been put forward to the Committee, so I was completely taken aback by the phone call from Jim Gregory."
The 2004 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 8th, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2004 Induction Weekend/Celebration.
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born on December 28, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec
began playing hockey in the Montreal Minor System as a centre
in 1976-77, at the age of 16, he played in the QMJHL with the Sorel Eperviers
his next two years in Junior, with the Verdun Eperviers, he was selected to the 1st All-Star team
drafted 8th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft
made an immediate impact with the Bruins by playing in every game of his rookie season
captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 1980
was named to the NHL's 1st All-Star team in his rookie year -- other than a goalie, he was the first to win the Calder and be named to the First All-Star team the same year
was named to the NHL's First All-Star team another 11 times during his career
in 1981, he represented Canada for the first of three times in the Canada Cup tournament
in 1983-84, he recorded a career-high 96 points in a season
named to the NHL All-Star team that played the Soviets in Rendez-vous '87
in 1987, he was named to the Canada Cup All-Star team
received his first of five Norris Trophies in 1986-87
in 1992, he won the King Clancy Trophy for his combined on and off ice contributions to the game
played for Canada in the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano
traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the spring of 2000
played in 19 consecutive NHL All-Star games
won the Stanley Cup in 2001 as a member of the Avalanche
in 1612 games, he collected 1579 points on 410 goals and 1169 assists
scored 180 points in 214 playoff games
retired on June 26, 2001
his number 77 was retired by both the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche
born on June 1, 1961 in Weston, Ontario
was first pick of the Soo Greyhounds in the 1978 midget draft
collected 89 points in 68 games as a rookie with the Soo Greyhounds in 1978-79
split sophomore season between Greyhounds and Kitchener Rangers in 1979-80, scoring 29 goals and adding 73 assists for 102 points
selected to OHA Second All-Star team in 1980
first choice (sixth overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in 1980 Entry Draft
during seven seasons with the Oilers, earned three Stanley Cup championships
was twice selected to NHL's First All-Star team and three-time Second Team All-Star selection as an Edmonton Oiler
two-time recipient of the Norris Trophy while in Edmonton
traded to Pittsburgh in November 1987
during almost five seasons with the Penguins (1987-1992), he was selected to both the NHL's First All-Star team and the Second Team once
he won his fourth Stanley Cup championship with the Penguins in 1991
traded to the Los Angeles Kings in February 1992
traded to Detroit in January 1993
during his 3½ seasons with the Red Wings, he was the Norris Trophy winner for a third time (1995), the same season he was chosen for the NHL's First All-Star team for the fourth time
he concluded his career with five more seasons, stopping in Hartford, Philadelphia, Chicago, Carolina and Boston
retired October 3, 2001
through 21 NHL seasons, he collected 396 goals and 1135 assists for 1531 points through the regular season
his playoff totals are 59 goals and 137 assists for 196 points in 194 games
career bests include 48 goals in 1985-86 with the Oilers, 90 assists that same season with a resulting high mark of 138 points
eclipsed the 100-point mark five times in his career
was only the fourth player in NHL history to collect 1,000 career assists
is the second most proficient defenseman in NHL history, sitting behind Raymond Bourque in career goals, assists, and points
in 1997 was ranked the 28th greatest NHL player of all-time by The Hockey News
was a member of championship Canadian teams at Canada Cup tournaments in 1984, 1987 and 1991
named to Canada Cup All-Star team in 1984
played for Canada at the 1990 World Championships (fourth place finish)
participated in Canada's second place finish at World Cup of Hockey in 1996
born March 8, 1961 in Scarborough, Ontario
played for the Peterborough Petes of OMJHL in 1978-79 and 1979-80
helped Peterborough win the 1978-79 Memorial Cup
selected to the OMJHL First All-Star team in 1979-80
represented Canada as a member of the Peterborough Petes at the 1980 IIHF U20 World Championships
the Los Angeles Kings' first choice, fourth overall, in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft
played in his first NHL season in 1980-81 setting records for most assists (60) and points (76) by a rookie defenseman in one season
runner-up for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 1979-80 (won by Peter Stastny)
played 21 NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, the Washington Capitals, the Minnesota North Stars, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings
played 1,615 regular season games in the NHL, recording 287 goals, 929 assists and 1216 points
played 215 NHL playoff games, contributing 37 goals and 115 assists for 152 points
NHL Second All-Star team defenseman in 1987, 1993, 1995
won four Stanley Cup championships - 1991 and 1992 with Pittsburgh and 1997 and 1998 with Detroit
fourth defenseman to record 1,000 NHL regular season points
recorded five 20-goal seasons
recorded eleven 60-point seasons
represented Canada at the 1985 and 1987 IIHF World Championships
won two Canada Cups with Canada in 1987 and 1991
born August 16, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec
began career as a scout in Montreal Canadiens' organization in 1966
joined expansion St. Louis Blues in 1967 and was later named Assistant General Manager
hired by the Atlanta Flames as general manager when they joined the NHL in 1972
organized transfer of Flames' franchise to Calgary in 1980
General Manager of the Calgary Flames from 1980-1991
during his regime, the Calgary Flames won the Presidents' Trophy twice, two Campbell Conference titles and two Smythe Division titles
won the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989
General Manager of Team Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup
spent six seasons as Chief Operating Officer, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (1991-1997)
he took the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Conference finals in 1993 and 1994
named 1993 Executive of the Year by The Hockey News
joined the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999 for two years as Senior Advisor to the General Manager
hired by the Phoenix Coyotes as Executive Vice-President and General Manager in 2001
named Senior Executive Vice-President of Hockey Operations in 2002
spent seven years on the Hockey Hall of Fame's Board of Directors
former member of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2004 FOSTER HEWITT MEMORIAL AWARD AND ELMER FERGUSON
MEMORIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS
Play-by-play voice Chuck Kaiton and hockey writer Jim Kelley honoured with awards
TORONTO (May 28, 2004) - Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that long time Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes play-by-play announcer Chuck Kaiton will receive the 2004 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding work as a NHL broadcaster and that ESPN.com columnist Jim Kelley will receive the 2004 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for distinguished hockey writing.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kaiton began his broadcasting career announcing Wolverine sports. He went on to cover the University of Wisconsin sports teams and was named Wisconsin's Sportscaster of the Year in 1979. He has been with the Whalers/Hurricane's organization since they joined the NHL in the 1979-80 season and has called 2,257 games.
"Chuck Kaiton combines so many enviable traits: enthusiasm for the sport and its people; leadership as president of the NHL Broadcasters Association that extends over part of three different decades," said Mike Emrick, vice-president, National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association. "His impassioned voice is memorable to anyone who loves hockey. He is long overdue for this honour."
Jim Kelley has been recognized as one of the world's foremost hockey journalists for more than two decades. Kelley began as a beat writer with the Buffalo News and had served as a consultant to numerous hockey and journalism bodies including the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation. Kelley is currently the on-line hockey columnist for ESPN.com.
"Jim is one of the true superstars of our organization," said Kevin Allen, president, Professional Hockey Writers' Association. "He is a fair, uncompromising journalist who has served his readers well with dogged reporting and insightful, entertaining commentary for more than two decades. He has set the bar high for those in our profession."
Kaiton and Kelley will receive the awards at a luncheon presentation on Monday, November 8th. This year's Induction Weekend will take place November 5th - 7th, culminating with TSN's live broadcast of the Induction Celebration beginning at 7:00 P.M. (EST) on Monday, November 8th. The 2004 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on June 9th following the annual Selection Committee meeting the same day.
The Foster Hewitt Memorial Award is named in honour of the late "Voice of Hockey" in Canada. It was first presented in 1984 by the NHL Broadcasters' Association in recognition of members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and to the game of hockey. Named in honour of the late Montreal newspaper reporter, the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award was first presented in 1984 by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honour to journalism and to the game of hockey.
Elmer Ferguson presided over the sports desk of the Montreal Herald until he died, at the age of 87, in 1972. Ferguson's longevity and encyclopedic knowledge of hockey earned him the respect of his industry, while his insightful and sardonic comments earned him an international following of hockey fans.
In March 1923, Foster Hewitt aired one of the first hockey radio broadcasts. From that night on he became the eyes and ears of radio listeners and television viewers across Canada. Hewitt described thousands of hockey games, including national, World and Olympic championships in Canada, the United States and Europe.
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Eric Duhatschek Appointed To Selection Committee
NHL journalist to provide media insight for Hall of Fame Inductions
Selection Committee member Eric Duhatschek
TORONTO (March 30, 2004) Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that Globe and Mail hockey writer Eric Duhatschek has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
"The Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to welcome Eric to our team," said Jim Gregory. "Eric's knowledge and experience gleaned from covering the game of hockey for over 20 years will bring a valuable and unique perspective to the Selection Committee."
Duhatschek began covering the Calgary Flames in the late 1970s for the Calgary Herald. In 2001, he left the Herald to join the Globe and Mail where he is currently the primary western hockey correspondent. In addition, Eric is a regular voice on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and sports radio and television programs across the country.
The Class of 2003 - (from left to right) Brian Kilrea, Pat LaFontaine, Grant Fuhr, and Mike Ilitch.
In 2001, his peers in the Professional Hockey Writers' Association honoured Duhatschek by making him the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for distinguished hockey journalism.
"I'd like to thank the Hockey Hall of Fame Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to join the Selection Committee," said Duhatschek. "It is both a pleasure and an honour to come aboard at this time, in light of the fact so many of the players that I was covering early in my writing career are now becoming eligible for selection." Duhatschek added, "I take this responsibility very seriously and promise to do my best in upholding the high standards that the Hall has established throughout its existence."