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    Hockey Hall of Fame Announces Legends Classic Tour 2005 Featuring Canada Vs. Russia

    Paul Henderson joins 5-city tour as Hall of Fame pays tribute to its newest inductees

    Three of hockey's greatest international stars (Honoured Member Steve Shutt, Russian icon Alexander Yakushev and Canadian hero Paul Henderson) were on hand to launch the inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic Tour. (Steve Poirier/HHOF)
    TORONTO (September 7, 2005) — Ron Ellis, Director, Public Affairs of the Hockey Hall of Fame, today announced some of the exciting activities involved in the upcoming Induction Week Celebrations, including the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC TOUR 2005 that will cross Canada between November 2 and 10. This year's Induction celebrations will honour hockey's newest legends, the 2005 Inductees: Valeri Kharlamov and Cam Neely in the Player Category and Murray Costello in the Builder Category.

    Ellis was joined at today's media conference by Honoured Member Steve Shutt, Canada's player representative for the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC TOUR 2005, as well as 1972 Summit Series' heroes Paul Henderson of Canada and Alexander Yakushev of Russia, both of whom will be participating in the tour. This is the inaugural HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC TOUR, and this year celebrates one of the greatest rivalries in hockey history -- Canada challenging Russia. The tour will visit Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The Toronto stop takes place at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 6 at Air Canada Centre (see below for full schedule and ticket information) in conjunction with the 2005 Induction Week Celebration.

    "This cross country tour brings together many great players and Hall of Famers from Canada and Russia who have experienced some incredible historical match-ups in the 70's, 80's and 90's," stated Paul Henderson. "At the same time, we're able to honour Cam Neely and the late Valeri Kharlamov as the newest inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame." Kharlamov's son, Alexander, a former Washington Capitals' first-round draft pick, will be playing and traveling with the Russian Team.

    One of the highlights of the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC GAME in Toronto will be the presentation of the official Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Blazer, presented by Hugo Boss, to this year's Inductees. A tribute will also take place in each of the other four cities on the tour.

    "With this tour, we are essentially bringing a piece of the Induction Ceremony to hockey fans on a larger scale across the country," 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 Week each year across the country."

    A portion of the tour proceeds including auctions featuring autographed, game-worn "Legends Classic" jerseys from the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS CLASSIC TOUR 2005 will be shared by the Canadian Spinal Research Organization ("CSRO") and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Other activities at the Hockey Hall of Fame during the Induction Weekend involve Honoured Member Fan Forums; Shoot For A Cure custom goalie mask fundraising program kickoff, which includes masks designed and signed by Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and The Rolling Stones; Stanley Cup photo opportunities with Hall of Famers; product launches; contest promotions and premiums. All of these events will culminate in TSN's one-hour live coverage of the Induction Ceremony beginning at 7:30 PM (EST) on Monday, November 7. A one-hour highlight package of the Canada vs. Russia HOCKEY HALL OF FAME LEGENDS TOUR 2005 will be aired the following week on TSN.

    For more information regarding the 2005 Induction Week Celebration, visit www.hhof.com or www.hhoflegendsclassic.com or www.ticketmaster.com

    Tickets available from $25.00 - $59.00

    Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic Tour Schedule
    Nov. 2 Winnipeg MTS Centre 7:00 PM
    Nov. 4 Edmonton Rexall Place 7:00 PM
    Nov. 6 Toronto Air Canada Centre 2:00 PM
    Nov. 9 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome 7:00 PM
    Nov. 10 Vancouver PNE Coliseum 7:00 PM

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    Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and exhibits from its premises at BCE Place, Toronto, Canada. Its mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of teams and individuals who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect and preserve objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world.

    For more information:

    Kelly Masse
    Hockey Hall of Fame
    (416) 933-8212
    kmasse@hhof.com


    Hockey Hall of Fame Logo Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 2005 Inductees

    Valeri Kharlamov, and Cam Neely elected in Players Category
    Murray Costello elected as a Builder

    Inductee Valeri Kharlamov
    TORONTO (June 8, 2005) — Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that Valeri Kharlamov and Cam Neely have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, former President of the Canadian Amateur Association, Murray Costello, was elected. The vote was made today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

    "The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these three outstanding individuals as Honoured Members," said Jim Gregory. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

    Born in 1948 in Moscow, Valeri Kharlamov's accomplishments belied his diminutive 5 ft 8 inch stature. He combined speed, strength, intelligence, spectacular skills and a natural goal scoring ability to fashion an outstanding 14- year career with CSKA Moscow (Central Red Army) in the Soviet league. Kharlamov played in 436 regular season games, recording 293 goals and 214 assists while helping the Red Army team win 11 league championships. He participated in eleven consecutive IIHF World and European championships and helped the Soviet Union win gold on eight occasions. In other international play, he participated in three Olympic Games, winning gold in 1972 and 1976, and was a key member of one of the greatest lines in hockey history, partnering with Army teammates Boris Mikhailov (RW) and Vladimir Petrov (Centre).

    "His talents were God-given and he could do practically everything — a smart play, a tricky pass, a precise shot," said Hall of Fame goaltender, Vladislav Tretiak. "Everything he did looked so easy, so elegant. His execution of hockey was aesthetic and he amazed millions."

    Kharlamov and his wife died in a tragic car accident while returning from vacation on August 27, 1981, cutting short his brilliant career.

    "This is a very big day for my family," said Alexander Kharlamov, Valeri's son. "I am proud of my father's memory and proud that his contributions to the game of hockey have been recognized with this tremendous honour."

    Inductee Cam Neely
    A native of Como, British Columbia, Cam Neely starred in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winter Hawks and was a member of their 1982 Memorial Cup-winning team. Neely was drafted ninth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1983 Entry draft and played three seasons for the Canucks before he was traded to the Boston Bruins on June 6th, 1986. Neely played 10 seasons for the Bruins, recording three 50 or more goal seasons — including 50 goals in 44 games during the 1993-94 season — the third fastest of all-time.

    Neely played a total of 726 NHL regular season games, scoring 395 goals and adding 299 assists, while scoring 55 goals during the Stanley Cup Playoff -- a Boston Bruins' team record. Severe hip, leg and knee injuries cost him all but 22 games from 1992-94, but his comeback was rewarded with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication and perseverance in 1994. The Boston Bruins retired his Number 8 jersey on January 12th, 2004.

    "Being selected is an incredible feeling and something that I never thought about when I played the game," said Neely. "Until I was 16 I didn't seriously even think about a career in the NHL and to receive this type of honour after you retire from the game is truly wonderful."

    Inductee Murray Costello
    In the Builder Category, Murray Costello was elected.

    Costello began his professional hockey career playing parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings from 1954 - 55 to 1956 - 57. He left hockey for law school and later returned to work in several capacities in the Western Hockey League. He became President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada) in 1979, holding that position until his retirement in 1998.

    "I have been privileged to have the chance to live my life fulfilling my childhood passion," said Costello. "To be rewarded for doing it is really beyond anything that I ever expected."

    The 2005 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 7th, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

    For tickets, contact Kelly Masse
    Hockey Hall of Fame
    (416) 933-8212
    kmasse@hhof.com

    Valeri Kharlamov
    • born January 14, 1948 in Moscow, Russia (formerly USSR)
    • left wing, shot left, 5'8" tall, 165 pounds
    • combined speed, strength, intelligence, spectacular skills and a natural goal scoring ability
    • played fourteen seasons with CSKA Moscow (Central Red Army) in the Soviet league
    • won eleven league championships (1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
    • played 436 regular season games, recording 293 goals, 214 assists and 507 points
    • participated in eleven consecutive IIHF World and European Championships
    • helped the former Soviet Union win eight gold medals (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979) plus two silver medals and one bronze medal
    • tied for fifth in IIHF World Championship appearances with 11
    • tied for seventh in IIHF games played at the World Championships with 105
    • second all-time in points at the IIHF World Championships with 159
    • fifteenth overall for most national games played (Worlds and Olympics) with 287
    • named Best Forward at the World and European Championships in 1976
    • voted to the Tournament All-Star team in 1972, 1973 and 1976
    • participated in three Olympic Winter Games, helping the former Soviet Union win two gold medals (1972, 1976)
    • in 40 games played against North American team pros, Kharlamov scored 19 goals and 29 assists
    • member of the Army Line, regarded as one of the best lines in hockey history, playing with Boris Mikhailov (RW) and Vladimir Petrov (C)
    • was honoured with the Merited Master of Sport, a top Russian sports title, in 1969
    • while returning from a vacation on August 27, 1981, Valeri Kharlamov and his wife died from injuries sustained in a car accident
    Cam Neely
    • born June 6, 1965 in Comox, British Columbia
    • 6'1", 215 pounds, right wing, shot right
    • spent majority of his childhood in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
    • cut from his first training camp with Victoria Cougars of WHL in 1981
    • scored 73 goals, 68 assists and 141 points in his final season of midget hockey
    • played two seasons for the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL
    • recorded 56 goals and 120 points during rookie season in 1982-83
    • with Portland entered as host team, Neely and the Winter Hawks captured the Memorial Cup in 1983
    • recorded a hat trick in the championship game, including winning goal
    • drafted ninth overall by Vancouver Canucks in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft
    • first NHL season was 1983-84 with Vancouver Canucks
    • returned to Portland after five games, then after only 19 junior games was returned to Vancouver to finish the season
    • played three seasons for the Vancouver Canucks (1983-86)
    • traded to the Boston Bruins on June 6, 1986
    • played ten seasons for Boston (1986-96)
    • missed all but nine games in 1991-92 and all but 13 games in 1992-93 due to severe hip, leg and knee injuries
    • recorded three seasons with 50 or more goals, including career-high 55 goals in 1989-90
    • scored 50 goals in 44 games during 1993-94; third fastest of all-time
    • led the Bruins in goal scoring seven of 10 seasons
    • named to the NHL Second All-Star Team four times (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994)
    • awarded Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 1993-94 for dedication and perseverance
    • all-time Bruins playoff goal scoring leader with 55
    • collected career NHL regular season totals of 726 games played, 395 goals, 299 assists and 694 points
    • in playoff action, Cam recorded 93 games played, 57 goals, 32 assists and 89 points
    • considered one of the pre-eminent power forwards of his era
    • injuries forced Neely to retire on September 5, 1996 at 31 years of age
    • Boston Bruins officially retired his Number 8 jersey on January 12, 2004
    Murray Costello
    • born on February 24, 1934 in South Porcupine, Ontario
    • played with Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the OHA from 1950 to 1953
    • split 1953-54 between junior Galt Black Hawks, AHL Hershey Bears and NHL Chicago Black Hawks
    • played parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings from 1954-55 to 1956-57
    • spent part of 1956-57 with the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL
    • earned 13 goals and 19 assists in 162 NHL games
    • reinstated as amateur in 1957-58 and went on to play for OHA Senior Windsor Bulldogs from 1958-62
    • graduated from law school
    • former Publicity Director of Western Hockey League
    • General Manager of the WHL Seattle Totems
    • appointed arbitrator by the World Hockey Association Players' Association
    • president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada) from 1979-80 to 1997-98
    • oversaw formation of Canadian women's team, helping nurture development of women's hockey
    • member of IIHF Council since 1998
    • chairman of both the IIHF Medical and IIHF Technical/Arena committees
    • long-time member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee
    • member of the Board of Directors, Hockey Hall of Fame


    Hockey Hall of Fame Announces
    2005 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and
    Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipients

    Broadcast analyst Sal Messina and hockey writer
    Helene Elliott honoured with awards

    Sal Messina
    TORONTO (May 19, 2005) — Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that long time New York Rangers analyst Sal Messina will receive the 2005 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding work as an NHL broadcaster and that Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott will receive the 2005 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for distinguished hockey writing.

    New York Rangers fans are well acquainted with the voice of Sal Messina. The native of Queen's, New York was a colourful analyst on Rangers broadcasts for both the Madison Square Gardens' Radio and Television networks for more than 30 years. Messina, a minor league goaltender for many years before making the jump to broadcasting in 1973, has also served as a practice goalie, official scorer, penalty time keeper and goal judge for the Rangers.

    "Sal's experience as a player in the old Eastern Hockey League made him an informed and personable colour analyst for many years," said Chuck Kaiton, president, National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association. "Rangers' fans were fortunate to be able to listen to a passionate and eloquent hockey observer who always held the game in the highest esteem."

    Helene Elliott
    Helene Elliott has covered virtually every Stanley Cup final since 1980. Currently the NHL and Olympic columnist at the Los Angeles Times, Elliott started her career with stints in Chicago and New York, heading the trailblazing first wave of female hockey journalists. Over the past three decades, Elliott has enlightened readers about pivotal moments in hockey history, including the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey "Miracle on Ice".

    "Helene Elliott is a pioneer among female sports journalists," said Kevin Allen, president, Professional Hockey Writers' Association. "But she has truly been a role model for sportswriters of both genders. Her ethics are unquestionable. Her reporting is beyond reproach. Her prose is lively. Her professionalism is of the highest order. There is no one in this business any more respected than Helene."

    Messina and Elliott will receive the awards at a luncheon presentation on Monday, November 7, 2005. This year's Induction Weekend will take place November 4th to 7th, culminating with TSN's live broadcast of the Induction Celebration beginning at 7:00 P.M. (EST) on Monday, November 7th. The 2005 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on June 8th 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

    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.

    Foster Hewitt

    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.

    Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and exhibits from its premises at BCE Place, Toronto, Canada. Its mandate is to recognize and honour the achievements of teams and individuals who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect and preserve objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world.

    For more information, please contact Kelly Masse of the Hockey Hall of Fame at 416-933-8212.

    Colin Campbell & Yvon Pedneault Appointed to Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee

    Hockey journalist and NHL executive to provide insight for annual Hockey Hall of Fame Inductions

    Newly appointed Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee member Yvon Pedneault
    TORONTO (March 29, 2005) — Jim Gregory, Chairman of the
    Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that Montreal hockey writer Yvon Pedneault and NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell have been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

    "The Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to welcome Yvon and Colin to our team," said Gregory. "Yvon has covered the game of hockey in Quebec for more than 35 years, and Colin has played, coached and served as an executive in the NHL. Both Yvon and Colin will enhance the Selection Committee with their expertise."

    Pedneault's reportage on hockey in Montreal has appeared in Montreal Matin, La Presse, Journal de Montreal, CBC, TVA, TQS and as a commentator on RDS broadcasts. In 1998, Pedneault's peers honoured him with the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for distinguished hockey journalism.

    "First, I'd like to thank the Hockey Hall of Fame Board of Directors for choosing me and giving me the opportunity to join the Selection Committee," said Pedneault. "It is a great honour to be part of this committee and I'll take this responsibility very seriously and do my best to respond to the standards that the Hall has established. It will be a wonderful opportunity for me to look at the players I've been covering during my career."

    NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell
    Colin Campbell's long and distinguished career in professional hockey began when he was drafted in 1973 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Campbell went on to play 12 seasons of professional hockey, coached with the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers for another 13 seasons, and in 1998 was named Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for the National Hockey League.

    "I am honoured to join the Selection Committee and would like to thank the Hockey Hall of Fame's Board of Directors for this special opportunity," said Campbell. "I will respect the privilege and responsibility of participating on this committee with the reverence I have for the game of hockey and its history."

    The Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 in Toronto to consider the nominees for induction this year. The Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 7, 2005 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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    Hockey Hall of Fame and
    Museum Selection Committee

    As appointed by the Board of Directors on March 29, 2005

    James Gregory
    Chairman
    Toronto, Ontario
    Al Arbour Long Boat Key, Florida
    Scott Bowman East Amherst, New York
    Colin Campbell Toronto, Ontario
    Ed Chynoweth Calgary, Alberta
    John Davidson Bedford, New York
    Eric Duhatschek Calgary, Alberta
    Mike Emrick Port Huron, Michigan
    Emile Francis West Palm Beach, Florida
    Dick Irvin Pointe-Claire, Quebec
    Stan Mikita Burr Ridge, Illinois
    Richard M. Patrick Washington, D.C.
    Marty Pavelich Big Sky, Montana
    Yvon Pedneault Candiac, Quebec
    Patrick Quinn Toronto, Ontario
    Serge Savard Montreal, Quebec
    Frank Selke Islington, Ontario
    Harry Sinden Boston, Massachusetts


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