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The 2007 Inductees will also be honoured at this year's Hockey Hall of Fame
Game on November 10th, Toronto Maple Leafs versus New York Rangers, during
the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

TORONTO (July 11, 2007) — The Hockey Hall of Fame announced today that the 2007 Inductees -- Ron Francis, Jim Gregory, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier, and Scott Stevens will participate in the Source For Sports® Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic, which will take place at Air Canada Centre on Sunday, November 11, 2007 beginning at 2 p.m. and will feature Original 6 Legends versus Expansion Legends (commemorating 40 years of NHL expansion).

Legends Classic Logo Prior to the game, the 2007 Inductees will receive their Official Honoured Member Blazer, presented by Hugo Boss, in a special on-ice pre-game ceremony. The player inductees will then take to the ice with former NHL stars including Borje Salming, Wendel Clark, Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson and Dale Hawerchuk.

"The Source for Sports® Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic is an integral part of the Induction Weekend offering hockey fans the opportunity to pay tribute to their heroes," said Peter Jagla, Vice-President, Marketing, Hockey Hall of Fame. "We are calling on fans everywhere to make the pilgrimage to Toronto in November and witness hockey history."

"It will be a thrill for me to receive my Hall of Fame Blazer in front of the fans at the ACC," said 2007 Inductee, Ron Francis. "I look forward to lacing up my skates with my fellow Inductees at this year's Legends Classic."

During the first or second intermission, five finalists of the Hockey Hall of Fame's summer-long Source For Sports® Shoot-Out contest will compete for a chance to win $25,000 cash.

The 2007 Inductees will also be honoured on-ice prior to the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the New York Rangers on Saturday, November 10th at Air Canada Centre during the "8th Annual Hockey Hall of Fame Game".

Part of the proceeds from the Source For Sports® Hockey Hall Of Fame Legends Classic will benefit the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO). CSRO, under its "Shoot For A Cure" fundraising initiative, will conduct in-arena and on-line auctions featuring autographed game-worn "Legends Classic" jerseys.

Tickets for the Source For Sports® Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic (Lower Bowl: $40 ea. + GST; Upper Bowl: $25 ea. + GST) are available via Hockey Hall of Fame, ACC Box Office and Ticketmaster.

For more information:

Kelly Masse
Hockey Hall of Fame
(416) 933-8212

Hockey Hall of Fame Logo Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 2007 Inductees

TORONTO (June 28, 2007) — Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Board of Directors and Pat Quinn, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee, announced today that Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier and Scott Stevens have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Jim Gregory was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

Inductee Ron Francis
"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these five hockey legends as Honoured Members," said Pat Quinn. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved. 2007 marks a truly outstanding Induction Class."

Ron Francis hails from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where he played for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before being drafted 4th overall in 1981 by the NHL's Hartford Whalers — the beginning of a 10-year stint with the team. In 1991 Francis was traded to Pittsburgh and during his eight seasons with the Penguins was a key part of the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup Championship teams. Following Pittsburgh he played six seasons in Carolina, captaining the team to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final. Upon his retirement in 2004, Francis was 2nd all-time in the NHL in assists, 3rd all-time in games played and 4th all-time in points, averaging a point a game in over 1,700 games in 23 seasons.

"I can't really put into words what this honour means to me" said Francis. "For my entire career, I have always relied on other guys to put the puck into the net and I have benefited from playing with so many great goal scorers and teammates."

Inductee Al MacInnis
Born in 1963 in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Al MacInnis was a member of a Memorial Cup Championship team in Kitchener before beginning his 23-year NHL career with Calgary and St. Louis. A member of Calgary's 1989 Stanley Cup winning team and seven-time First or Second Team NHL All-Star, he was also known for his slapshot — the winner of the NHL's hardest shot competition a record seven times. Al has the distinction of being the first-ever Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee from Nova Scotia.

Inductee Mark Messier
"I grew up dreaming of playing in the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup, but I never imagined this type of recognition," said MacInnis. "To be a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame with the greatest players in the world is truly an honour."

Mark Messier, a native of St. Albert, Alberta, began his professional career in 1978 with the WHA's Indianapolis Racers before beginning his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers in 1979. In twelve seasons with the Oilers he won five Stanley Cups before moving to the New York Rangers and captained them to the 1994 Cup Championship. Mark is the only player in professional sport history to captain two championship teams. A multiple Hart Trophy winner, his number 11 is retired in both Edmonton and New York.

Inductee Scott Stevens
"It is a tremendous honour to go into the Hockey Hall of Fame with this group of people," said Messier. "I'd like to thank the Selection Committee for considering me. I have been very fortunate to have success throughout my career and be surrounded by great people."

Born in 1964 in Kitchener, Ontario, Scott Stevens played Junior hockey for his hometown Kitchener Rangers before being drafted 5th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He played eight seasons for the Capitals before signing as a free agent with St. Louis in 1990. After one season in St. Louis, he moved to the New Jersey Devils where in 13 seasons he led the team to three Stanley Cup championships and was the Conn Smythe winner in 2000. A five-time NHL First or Second All-Star, he leads the NHL in all-time games played by a defenceman with 1,635.

"I am very grateful for this honour," said Stevens. "From winning a Memorial Cup with Al MacInnis in Kitchener to the Stanley Cup in New Jersey, this is a wonderful way to cap off my playing career."

In the Builder Category, Jim Gregory was elected.

Inductee Jim Gregory
Jim Gregory's success in hockey came on the team management and league operations side of the game. The native of Dunnville, Ontario came to Toronto in 1953 to attend St. Michael's College and began working his way up the hockey ladder. He ran Junior A and professional teams and in 1969 was named GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the Maple Leafs, his career continued at the league level as head of NHL Central Scouting to his current position as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations for the NHL

"Father Bauer at St. Michael's put me on the hockey path and I am truly indebted to him," said Gregory. "My dream was to be involved with Junior hockey and I never imagined that I would get to work in the NHL, much less be an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame."

The 2007 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 12th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

For more information, please contact
Kelly Masse
Hockey Hall of Fame
(416) 933-8212

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Ronald Michael Francis
  • Born on March 1, 1963 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
  • Joined first organized team at age three in the Soo Pee Wee League.
  • Set NOHA midget records for assists (92) and points (149) in a season.
  • Led Soo Legion Branch '25' midget club to Air Canada Cup in 1980.
  • Played two seasons for the hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
  • Member of 1981 OHL Finalist Greyhounds as a rookie.
  • Drafted 4th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Split the 1981-82 season between Hartford & Sault Ste. Marie.
  • First NHL season, 1981-82 with the Hartford Whalers.
  • Played 10 seasons for the Hartford Whalers (1981-91).
  • Recorded 101 point season in 1989-90.
  • Led the Whalers in scoring five times.
  • Captained the Whalers from 1984-85 to 1990-91.
  • Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins on March 4, 1991.
  • Played 8 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991-98).
  • Recorded two 100+ point seasons & led the NHL in assists twice.
  • Captured two Stanley Cup championships (1991 & 1992).
  • Led NHL playoffs in goal scoring with 19 in 1991-92.
  • Captained the Penguins during the 1994-95 & 1997-98 seasons.
  • Signed as a free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes on July 13, 1998.
  • Played six seasons for the Carolina Hurricanes (1998-2004).
  • Led Carolina in scoring twice and won the 2002 Eastern Conference title.
  • Captained the Hurricanes from 1999-2000 to 2003-04.
  • Traded to Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9, 2004 to finish his NHL career.
  • Retired following the 2003-04 NHL season.
  • Recorded career NHL regular season totals of 1,731gp, 549g, 1,249a & 1,798 points.
  • Recorded career NHL playoff totals of 171gp, 46g, 97a & 143 points.
  • Finished 2nd all-time in assists, 3rd all-time in games played & 4th all-time in points.
  • 29th NHL player to record 500 goals & 38th NHL player to record 1,000 points.
  • Won the Lady Byng Trophy as most gentlemanly player 3 times (1995, 1998, 2002).
  • Also won the Selke Trophy (1995) and the King Clancy Trophy (2002).
  • Recorded 13 consecutive 20+ goal seasons & twenty 20+ goal seasons in total.
  • Holds all major career Whalers/Hurricanes franchise records.
  • Played in four NHL All-Star Games.
  • Member of Team Canada at 1985 World Championship, winning a silver medal.
Allan "Al" MacInnis
  • Born July 11, 1963 - Port Hood, Nova Scotia
  • Played for the Regina Blues in the SJHL before being drafted in the OMJHL
  • Spent 3 years with the Kitchener Rangers of the OMJHL capturing the Memorial Cup in 1982
  • Attended Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate while playing in Kitchener
  • Was selected to the OMJHL All Star team twice during his 3 seasons
  • Drafted 15th overall in the 1st round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.
  • Spent 19 games with the Central Hockey League's Colorado Flames before being called up to the NHL for good.
  • Spent 23 seasons in the National Hockey League with Calgary and St Louis Blues.
  • Won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1989 with Calgary
  • Captured the James Norris Trophy in 1999 with the St Louis Blues
  • Played in 13 NHL All Star Games
  • Possessed on the of the Hardest Slapshots in NHL history
  • Was a seven time winner of the NHL's hardest shot competition
  • Named to four 1st and three 2nd All Star teams
  • Played for Canada at the 1990 World Championships
  • Was a member of Team Canada 1991 during the Canada Cup
  • Named to the Canada Cup All Star team in 1991
  • Played in 2 Olympic Games, 1998, 2002 (won Gold in 2002)
  • Finished his career with 1274 points on 340 goals and 934 assists
  • Played in 1416 regular season games
  • Scored 160 playoff points on 39 goals and 121 assists
  • St Louis Blues officially retired his number "2" on Sunday April 9, 2006
  • In November, 2006 he was named Vice President of Hockey Operations of the St Louis Blues
Mark John Douglas Messier
  • Born January 18, 1961 in St Albert, Alberta
  • Attended Francois Xavier High School while playing junior for the Spruce Grove Mets and St Albert Saints of the Alberta Junior League
  • Selected by the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League in 1977
  • In 1978-79 he signed with the World Hockey Association's Indianapolis Racers and ended the season with the Cincinnati Stingers
  • Drafted 3rd round, 48th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL Amateur Draft
  • Played 4 games with the Houston Apollos of the Central Hockey League before signing with the Oilers
  • Won 5 Stanley Cups as a member of the Edmonton Oilers
  • Captured the Conn Smythe Trophy, Hart Trophy and the Lester B Pearson Trophy with the Oilers
  • Spent 12 seasons with the Oliers (1979-1991)
  • Won the Hart and Lester B Pearson Trophy as a member of the New York Rangers
  • Captured the Stanley Cup with New York in 1994.
  • Is the only player in any sport to captain two championship teams
  • Spent 6 seasons with the Rangers before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks
  • Spent 3 seasons with Vancouver (1997-2000)
  • Returned to New York, then traded to San Jose Sharks...but resigned with New York before playing a game for San Jose
  • Officially retired from the game on September 12, 2005
  • New York Rangers retired his number "11" on January 12, 2006
  • Edmonton Oilers officially retired his number "11" on February 27, 2007
  • Played in 15 NHL All Star Games
  • Scored 1887 points on 694 goals and 1193 assists
  • In the playoffs, he scored 295 points on 109 goals and 186 assists
  • Played for Canada in 3 Canada Cups and 1 World Cup
  • Represented Canada at the World Championships in 1989
  • On November 13, 2006 the NHL created the Mark Messier Trophy and monthly leadership award.
  • One of the local arenas in St Albert was renamed "Mark Messier Arena
  • On February 26, 2007 the trail between his home town and Edmonton was renamed Mark Messier Trail
Ronald Scott Stevens
  • Born on April 1, 1964 in Kitchener, Ontario.
  • Played one season of Junior 'B' with the Kitchener Rangers 'B's.
  • Drafted 9th overall by the hometown Kitchener Rangers in the OHL Midget Draft.
  • Played one full season with the Kitchener Rangers in 1981-82.
  • Finished 3rd among rookie defenceman scorers in the OHL with 42 points.
  • Captured both OHL & CHL Memorial Cup championships.
  • Drafted 5th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.
  • First NHL season, 1982-83 with the Washington Capitals.
  • Played 8 seasons for the Washington Capitals (1982-90).
  • Named to NHL All-Rookie Team in 1983.
  • Led Capitals defencemen in scoring four times & holds numerous team records.
  • Signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues on July 16, 1990.
  • Played 1 season for the St. Louis Blues (1990-91) as team captain.
  • Transferred to the New Jersey Devils as compensation on September 3, 1991.
  • Played 13 seasons for the New Jersey Devils (1991-2004).
  • Captained the Devils from 1992-93 to 2003-04.
  • Led the Devils in scoring with 78 points & the NHL with a +54 rating in 1993-94.
  • Led the Devils to three Stanley Cup Championships (1995, 2000 & 2003).
  • Won Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP in 2000.
  • Became the first Devil to have his jersey number (4) retired on February 3, 2006.
  • Recorded career NHL regular season totals of 1,635gp, 196g, 712a & 908 points.
  • Recorded career NHL playoff totals of 233gp, 26g, 92a & 118 points.
  • Finished 1st all-time in career games played (1,635) by a defenceman & 4th overall.
  • Named a 1st Team All-Star twice (1988, 1994) and a 2nd Team All-Star three times.
  • Played in 13 NHL All-Star Games.
  • Known as one of the hardest, but cleanest body-checker's of his era.
  • Member of Team Canada at 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
  • Captured gold medal with Canada at the 1991 Canada Cup.
  • Captured silver medal with Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Member of Team Canada at 4 World Championships, winning 2 silver medals (1985, 1989) and one bronze medal (1983).
James "Jim" Gregory
  • Born on November 4, 1935 in Port Colborne, Ontario.
  • Grew up in Dunnville, Ontario.
  • Moved to Toronto in 1953, attending St. Michael's College School.
  • Failed to make St. Michael's Junior 'B' Team.
  • Started career as trainer for St. Michael's Majors OHA Junior 'A' club.
  • Worked under coaches Bob Goldham & HHOF Honoured Members, Joe Primeau and Father David Bauer.
  • Won 1961 Memorial Cup with St. Michael's.
  • Appointed manager of team in 1961-62 when St. Michael's joined the newly formed Metro Junior 'A' League.
  • Manager & coach of the Toronto Neil McNeil Maroons in 1962-63, who replaced St. Michael's.
  • Won Metro League championship in both seasons before league suspended operations.
  • Officially joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization as coach of the Toronto Marlboros in 1963-64.
  • Won 1964 Memorial Cup as head coach of the Marlies.
  • Became manager and coach of the Marlies in 1964-65 and just manager in 1965-66.
  • Won 1967 Memorial Cup as manager of the Marlies.
  • Joined the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL as head coach in 1967-68.
  • Joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as an assistant to Punch Imlach & Bob Davidson in 1968-69, focusing on scouting duties.
  • Replaced Punch Imlach as the Leafs General Manager during the spring of 1969 at age 33.
  • General Manager of Toronto Maple Leafs for 10 seasons (1969-79).
  • Maple Leafs made playoffs in eight of ten seasons in charge.
  • One of the first NHL Executives to recognize Europe as a talent-field for the NHL.
  • Joined the National Hockey League in July of 1979 as the Director of Central Scouting, replacing Jack Button.
  • Replaced Scotty Morrison as Executive Director of Hockey Operations for the NHL in June, 1986.
  • Continues today as Senior Vice President, Hockey Operations for the NHL.
  • Helped oversee the implementation of video goal review into the NHL.
  • Oversaw & operated the famed Haliburton Hockey Haven, one of North American's top school-boy hockey camps.
  • Served as Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee since 1998.

Hockey Hall of Fame Announces
2007 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and
Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipients

Hockey Journalist Dave Fay and former Hockey Night in Canada voice Bill Hewitt honoured with awards

Dave Fay
Dave Fay (Fay Collection)
TORONTO (May 29, 2007) — Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that Washington Times sports reporter Dave Fay will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for his outstanding work as a beat writer covering the Washington Capitals and that the late Bill Hewitt, who was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada for more than three decades, will receive the award named for his father — the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.

As a Washington Times beat writer covering the Capitals since the early 1980s, Dave Fay has produced an enormous body of work and became the lens through which an entire region experienced hockey. His enthusiasm and passion for the sport continues to find its way into every entertaining feature and punchy game story.

"When it comes to Washington Capitals' hockey, no one knows it better than Dave Fay who has chronicled their exploits from their infancy," said Kevin Allen, President of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. "He's a hard-nosed reporter with a long history of providing thorough coverage to Washington Times readers. But more importantly to PHWA members, Dave Fay is one of the most beloved characters in our organization, a man known for his biting wit and humour."

Bill Hewitt
Bill Hewitt (HHOF Archives)
After graduating from Toronto's Upper Canada College in the 1940s, Foster William Alfred "Bill" Hewitt accepted his first job in radio at CJRL in Kenora, Ontario. Jobs as Sports Director at radio stations in Owen Sound, Barrie and Toronto soon followed. By the late 1950s Hewitt had followed in his father's footsteps by becoming Hockey Night in Canada's voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs — a post he held until 1982. Bill Hewitt passed away on Christmas Day, 1996.

"The NHL Broadcasters' Association is proud to posthumously honour Bill Hewitt, who like his father, was extremely influential in the rise in hockey interest all over Canada and the United States," said Chuck Kaiton, President, NHL Broadcasters' Association. "Taking over from Foster, as Bill did on television in the late 1950s, his voice became synonymous with Hockey Night in Canada for almost three decades."

Fay and the Hewitt family will receive the awards at a luncheon presentation on Monday, November 12, 2007. This year's Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place November 9th to 11th, culminating with the live broadcast of the Induction Ceremony beginning at 7:30 P.M. (EST) on Monday, November 12th on TSN's alternate digital feed (which will be rebroadcast in its entirety on TSN at 7:30 P.M. (EST) on Wednesday, November 14th). This year's Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Thursday, June 28, 2007, following the annual Selection Committee meeting that 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.

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

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