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Blake inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

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According to TSN, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Rob Blake of Simcoe, Ontario was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday. Blake, who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche as a defenseman, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Blake had 240 goals and 537 assists for 777 points in 1270 regular season games from 1989-2010. In the playoffs, Blake had 26 goals and 47 assists for 73 points in 146 regular season games. During the six games Blake played for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, he notched one goal and two assists for three points.

Blake's finest offensive season in the NHL came in the 1993-94 season with the Kings. That season he had 20 goals, a career high 48 assists and a career high 68 points. Blake played in six NHL All-Star games, won the Norris Trophy for the best defenseman in the NHL while with the Kings in 1998 and won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.

Blake was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday with goaltending legend Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres, hockey coach Pat Burns of the Montreal Canadiens, power forward Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche, American star Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars and referee Bill McCreary. Interestingly, Forsberg was a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Sweden and Hasek won an Olympic gold medal for the Czech Republic at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.

There was more hockey news on Monday. According to the Canadian Press, the Vancouver Canucks have named Willie Desjardins as their head coach and the Philadelphia Flyers have traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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