On November 12th, what has been called the greatest Hall of Fame class EVER was inducted into the exclusive club.
This year's inductees include:
Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Al MacInnis, Scott Stevens, and as a builder, Jim Gregory.
This isn't a news blog or a stats blog, but here a few notes about these men.
Ron Francis is one of the best playmakers of all time. Second on the games played list, he would have been first if not for the lockout.
Mark Messier is known as one of the greatest leaders in NHL history. His 1994 snapshot of his wild laugh while hoisting the cup is a classic for NHL fans. The Mark Messier Leadership Award is given out each season.
Al MacInnis helped make Boom Boom's shot the most feared in the NHL. While playing for over a decade with the Blues and Flames, MacInnis's slapshot was the sickest we've seen in many, many years.
Scott Stevens was one of the biggest hitters the game has ever seen. However, he did it cleanly. Probably best remembered for officially ending Eric Lindros's time in Philadelphia.
There was no messing up this year's group of players. It will go down as the best ever.
Having watched all of these players play in the 1990's, it's surreal that they now share the same hall with Gretzky, Orr, Howe, and Richard.
Congratulations to all of them.