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2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees announced

The 2016 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame were recently announced and include former forwards Eric Lindros and Sergei Makarov as well as goaltender Rogatien Vachon and coach/general manager Pat Quinn, with Quinn being inducted posthumously. The Hall of Fame’s 18-member selection committee said the induction ceremony will take place at Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame this November 14th. Lindros, Vachon and Quinn were born in Canada while Makarov hails from Russia.

Lindros was the first-overall draft pick in 1991 when he was selected by the former Quebec Nordiques from the Oshawa Generals junior club. However, the youngster made headlines when he controversially stated that he wouldn’t report to Quebec. His stance divided the nation and his rights were eventually traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. The centre from London, Ontario was a dominant NHL player during the 1990’s. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1992/93 and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in 1994/95 when he scored 70 points in just 46 contests. He then had a career-best 115 points the next season in 73 games.

Lindros racked up 600 points in just 431 outings between 1992 and 1999 and finished his NHL career with 372 goals and 493 assists for 865 points in 760 games. He was also a plus-215 and added 24 goals and 33 assists in 53 playoff games and helped Philadelphia make it to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996/97 when they were beaten by the Detroit Red Wings. The big forward won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002 and also took home gold from the IIHF World Junior Championship in 1991. Lindros tallied 17 points at the World Junior Championships in just seven games. Injuries forced the six-time all-star to retire in 2007 after playing with Philadelphia, the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars.

Sergei Makarov was a left-handed shot who played the right wing. He played at home in Russia for the first 11 years of his career and scored at least 20 goals in 10 straight seasons. Makarov won eight gold medals at the World Championships while playing with the CSKA Moscow club. He also took home a pair of World Junior Championship and Olympic gold medals. Makarov was drafted into the NHL in 1983 when the Calgary Flames took him in the 12th round with the 231st overall selection. However, he didn’t play for the Flames until 1989 when he won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. Makarov posted 24 goals and 62 assists for 86 points in his first year in the NHL in 80 games. Makarov played a total of 424 NHL games with Calgary, San Jose and Dallas and scored 134 goals and 250 assists for 384 points. He also had 23 points in 34 postseason contests before retiring in 1997.

Vachon played in goal for Montreal, Los Angeles, Detroit and Boston in the NHL between 1966 and 1982 and won a pair of Stanley Cups with Montreal in 1967/68 and 1968/69. The native of Palmarolle, Quebec was one of the league’s smallest goalies at just 5-foot-8 and 160 lbs and he won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder in 1967/68. The three-time all-star posted a 355-291-127 record in his 795-game NHL career along with a goals-against average of 2.99 and 51 shutouts. He appeared in 48 playoff games with a record of 23-23, a goals-against average of 2.77 and a pair of shutouts.

Pat Quinn will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the builders category. Quinn, who was born in Hamilton, Ontario, played in the NHL as a defenceman with Toronto, Vancouver and the Atlanta Flames. He scored 18 goals and 113 assists for 131 points in 606 career games. He retired and got into coaching in 1977 and became a head coach for Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton. Quinn held several coaching, managerial and presidential jobs in his 40-year front office career in the NHL and with Canada. He passed away in November of 2014 while he was while he was the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 
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