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Tue, Nov 13th - 4:33PM

2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

On November 12, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Sundin and Sakic were elected on the first year of eligibility, Oates had to wait 4 years after he became eligible, while Bure had been eligible for 5 years.

Russian right winger, Pavel Bure played 3 seasons with the Central Red Army team before spending 12 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. "The Russian Rocket" averaged better than a point per game in his NHL career (779 points with 437 goals in 702 NHL games) and is third all-time in goals per game.

Canadian centre, Adam Oates played 19 seasons in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Edmonton Oilers. Known as an elite playmaker, his career total of 1,079 assists was the fifth highest total in NHL history at the time of his 2004 retirement. He is the current head coach of the Washington Capitals.

Canadian centre, Joe Sakic played his entire 21-year NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques / Colorado Avalanche franchise. Sakic was one of the most productive forwards in the game, having twice scored 50 goals and earning at least 100 points in six different seasons. He is currently an executive with the Avalanche.

Swedish centre, Mats Sundin played 18 seasons in the NHL, 13 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as with the Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks. Internationally, Sundin won three gold medals with Sweden at the World Championships and a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He is now an advisor to the Swedish national team.

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