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Joe Sakic Headlines 2012 NHL Hall of Fame Class, Brendan Shanahan Snubbed

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  • Joe Sakic Headlines 2012 NHL Hall of Fame Class, Brendan Shanahan Snubbed

    Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012: Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Adam Oates, Pavel Bure; no Brendan Shanahan | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

    The Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2012 will include first-ballot players Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin, and holdovers Adam Oates and Pavel Bure. That it doesn't include Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's executive VP of player safety and the 13th-best goal scorer in NHL history, is as newsworthy as the players that did make the cut.

    Joe Sakic
    Joe Sakic grew up in Burnaby, British Columbia, before starring with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, winning the CHL's Player of the Year Award in in 1987-88. Drafted 15th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 Entry Draft, Joe moved with the team to Colorado and went on to play his entire 20-year career with the same organization. Sakic captained the team for 17 seasons, second longest in NHL history and won Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. An NHL First Team All-Star on three occasions, Sakic also played for Canada at three Olympic Games, winning gold and being named MVP in 2002

    Mats Sundin
    Mats Sundin was born in Bromma, Sweden and was the first European born player to be drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft, in 1989 by the Quebec Nordiques. Mats spent 13 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, becoming the franchise's all-time leader in goals with 420 and assists with 567. Sundin is the first Swedish-born player to reach 1,000 points in the NHL. He represented his home country internationally on 14 occasions, with the culmination being an Olympic gold medal in 2006.

    Adam Oates
    Adam Oates played three seasons with RPI of the ECAC before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in 1985. He went on to play 19 NHL seasons with seven teams, including four 100-plus point seasons. The sixth all-time NHL career leader in assists with 1,063, Oates retired in 2004.

    Pavel Bure
    Pavel Bure, a native of Moscow, Russia, joined the Vancouver Canucks for the 1991-92 NHL season and that season won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year. A six-time NHL All-Star, he was named to the first team in 1994. As a Florida Panther, he was the NHL's top goal scorer for two consecutive seasons, from 1999 to 2001, before finishing his career with the New York Rangers in 2003.