"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these six hockey legends as 'Honoured Members,'" said Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee John Davidson. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."
In addition to these players, two people were elected in the “builder” category. Longtime NHL coach Pat Burns was selected, having won the Jack Adams award as the NHL’s coach of the year on three different occasions, and having guided the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup title in 2003. Burns died in 2010, succumbing to cancer at the age of 58.
Referee Bill McCreary was also selected. A veteran of 1,737 NHL regular season games; McCreary holds the record for playoff games officiated (292). He also officiated 44 Stanley Cup Final games (also a record), three Olympics (including the gold medal game in each) and two Canada Cups.
The aforementioned six were selected by an 18-person committee of the weekend. They will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Nov. 17, in Toronto. At the ceremony, USA Today reporter Kevin Allen and Chicago Blackhawks play-by-play announcer Pat Foley will also be honored.
Continue reading for a closer look at the four players that are to be enshrined.