The Hockey Hall of Fame has four new members this Monday morning, as Mark Howe, Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour each received jackets and rings commemorating the occasion. The four will be inducted in a ceremony on Monday evening, which will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET on NHL Network and TSN.
Over the weekend, Leafs fans at Pension Plan Puppets shared their favorite Gilmour stories. A small forward who overcame his tiny stature, Gilmour ultimately wound up scoring more than 1,400 points in 20 NHL seasons.
Flyers fans at Broad Street Hockey remember Howe, one of the best defensemen to ever play in Philadelphia, and think he should have his number retired by the organization.
The very strong argument can be made that he's the best defenseman to ever play for the team, and he was one of the integral parts -- if not the integral part -- of the injury-riddled team that pushed the dynastic Edmonton Oilers to seven games in the 1987 Finals.
He didn't win a Cup in Philadelphia, but he came as close as you possibly can and was still one of the players that defined a rather awesome decade of hockey in this town
Howe is not only a Flyers legend, but now he's also a hockey legend too. Retiring his No. 2 only makes sense.
At Defending Big D, Dallas Stars fans have extra reason to watch as two of their own enter the Hall. The additions of Nieuwendyk and Belfour only go to show how great the talented Stars were at the turn of the century.
They'll join Brett Hull (already in), Mike Modano (will be soon enough), and players like Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen (who may not get in ultimately but are of the same quality) in underlining the special qualities and talents the Dallas Stars possessed in the late nineties and early aughts. As fans we may not have known it at the time or appreciated it as much as should have, but those teams were built on the backs of not one or two, but many hall of fame players.