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    Hall of Fame adds Messier, Francis, MacInnis, Stevens


    http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/story/10239867/rss

    Hall of Fame adds Messier, Francis, MacInnis, Stevens
    June 28, 2007
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports


    TORONTO -- The Hockey Hall of Fame is set to welcome one of its finest classes ever.

    Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens will go in as players this fall, while NHL executive Jim Gregory will enter as a builder.

    "I'm very honored to go in with a class like this," Francis said.

    Messier, the NHL's second-leading career scorer, was a slam-dunk selection after a career in which he won six Stanley Cups. Only Wayne Gretzky has recorded more points.

    All four players elected Thursday were on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. Other eligible players who didn't make it included Adam Oates, Igor Larionov and Claude Lemieux.

    Francis, two-time Stanley Cup winner and veteran of 23 NHL seasons, is fourth on the points list and trails only Gretzky on the all-time assists list.

    MacInnis, another 23-season veteran, is third all-time in points by defensemen and helped Calgary to the Stanley Cup in 1989. And Stevens won three Cups with the New Jersey Devils.

    Gregory, a senior vice-president with the league, served as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969 to 1979 before running the NHL's Central Scouting department.

    The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Nov. 12.

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    Congrats Mark!! We knew he was a lock... but I had to post this anyway.

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    That is an awesome crew!

    Too bad Mark has to share the spotlight with Stevens!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Woodall Rocks!
    That is an awesome crew!

    Too bad Mark has to share the spotlight with Stevens!!
    and vice versa---

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    Oates shoulda made it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeb
    Oates shoulda made it.
    Oates was a solid player but I'd say he's borderline. He was an assist machine (8th all-time I believe) and that's his main possible ticket in. I think the fact he played for 7 different teams and never won a Stanley Cup hurts his chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordy
    Oates was a solid player but I'd say he's borderline. He was an assist machine (8th all-time I believe) and that's his main possible ticket in. I think the fact he played for 7 different teams and never won a Stanley Cup hurts his chances.
    Agreed


    Oates could share the puck as well as anyone, but IMO he isn't HOF material.


    Oh yeah, congrats to The Messiah.

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