Legends of Hockey - Induction Showcase - 1998 Inductees Announcement
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Announces 1998 Inductees

September 16, 1998 -- (Toronto) Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that former NHL greats Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. The elections were made today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Peter and Michel as Honoured Members," said Jim Gregory. "Their contributions to our game are well documented and their election to the Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

Peter Stastny began his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1980 after defecting from Czechoslovakia. In 15 NHL seasons with the Nordiques, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues, he scored 450 goals and added 789 assists in 977 regular season games. A six-time NHL All-Star, Stastny was second in NHL scoring in the 1980s -- surpassed only by Wayne Gretzky.

"I am humbled to be honoured as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame," said Stastny. "Being in such a special group with all the hockey legends in the Hall of Fame is truly something special."

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Michel Goulet signed as an underage free agent with the WHA's Birmingham Bulls in 1978. He joined the Quebec Nordiques the following season and in 1980 was joined by teammate Peter Stastny for the next nine seasons. Traded to Chicago in 1990, Michel played another four seasons before retiring after suffering a serious concussion on March 16, 1994. In 1,089 regular season NHL games, Goulet scored 548 goals and added 604 assists. His induction comes in his first year of eligibility for nomination -- three years after his official retirement in 1995.

"Today's news reminds me how privileged I was to play this great game," said Michel Goulet. "I am thrilled and excited to be a new member of this distinguished institution. I am proud today to be able to continue my association with the NHL as a member of the Colorado Avalanche."

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Roy Conacher, younger brother of he legendary Charlie and Lionel Conacher, was elected in the Veteran Player category. Roy's election was recognition of his outstanding NHL career with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks from 1937 until 1952.

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Monsignor Athol "Pere" Murray was also elected into the Builder Category. He made a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of Canadians through the lessons he taught them at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. In addition, Father Murray created a hockey program that has led to over one hundred Notre Dame Hounds being selected in the NHL Entry Draft - with alumnus Vincent Lecavalier being the number one selection in 1998.

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In addition, Yvon Pedneault was selected as the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award recipient for his contributions to the print media, As voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Howie Meeker was selected as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner in recognition of his work on NHL broadcasts, by the NHL Professional Broadcasters' Association.

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