Hockey Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees
Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe, and Joe Nieuwendyk enter the HOF
The Hockey Hall of Fame today inducted four players into its ranks of the great ones. The 18 member selection committee chooses the inductees. Three of the four spent time in Toronto as Maple Leafs. Mark Howe played for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings.
Belfour grew up in southern Manitoba was never drafted by and NHL team, he wasn’t even scouted. Eddie the Eagle went on to win two Vezinas, a Stanley Cup. He was also well known for feuding with coaches and some off-ice antics.
Gilmour, born in Kingston, Ontario won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989, totaled 450 goals, 1,414 points, and a Selke Trophy. In the playoffs he tallied 188 points, good enough to tie for seventh place. On January 31st, 2009, Gilmour’s number 93 was raised to the rafters in Toronto, the seventeenth player to be honored by the Leafs.
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Nieuwendyk claims 3 Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe and a Calder trophy for his den. Nieuwendyk won his first Cup with the Flames but was traded in December of 1995 to the Stars for Jarome Iginla. Nieuwendyk spent 7 seasons with the Dallas Stars (winning a second Cup) and is now the Stars general manager. He won his third Cup as a member of the New Jersey Devils.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mark Howe is the son of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. Mark, his brother Marty and their father played on a line together during the 1973-74 season for the WHA Houston Aeros. After retiring from the professional ranks he became a scout for the Red Wings. His name appears on the Stanley Cup three times as a member of the Red Wings staff.
Missing from this year’s inductees.
The late head coach Pat Burns, center Eric Lindros and forward Pavel Bure are notable omissions. The 2011 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 14th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.