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The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee announced that former Red Wings Steve Yzerman, Luc Robitaille, and Brett Hull had been named into the 2009 induction class, giving Detroit a Hall hat trick. Brian Leetch was also included as a player inductee.
Yzerman headlines an extraordinary class
Detroit’s former captain topped an impressive group of inductees this year, resulting in plenty of articles writing about him receiving the ultimate honor. Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg wrote about how Yzerman’s induction will cap off an amazing career: “Yzerman was admired for what he did on the ice. He was beloved because of what he didn’t do off the ice.” Bob Wojnowksi of The Detroit News talked about how much Yzerman cherished this honor. Yzerman thanked his former coaches, teammates, and mentors for their help throughout his 19 years in the NHL. Ansar Khan of MLive.com discusses how Yzerman hit some turbulent times in his career and even almost traded to Ottawa.
Back when the Wings won the Cup in 2002, many predicted that nine to ten of the Red Wings on the roster would eventually make their way into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2008, Igor Larionov entered the HHOF and a year later three more of his former teammates from that season will join him. Yahoo! Sports noted how each of the inductees this year found out they were selected. Chris Chelios talked to Bob Duff of the Windsor Star about his former teammates.
In Other News…
- Speaking of Chelios, he will not return to the Detroit Red Wings next year as the Wings will not extend him an offer. On Wednesday he told reporters that he will look to sign with another team, ideally in the Eastern Conference. His family, however, will remain in Detroit as will his two restaurants.
- According to reports, Wings coach Mike Babcock will coach Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The official announcement will be made Thursday by Canada’s GM and Wings vice president Steve Yzerman.
- The Hockey News tabbed Ken Holland as the NHL General Manager of the year.
Hockeytown Blog will have pre-draft coverage on Friday morning in anticipation of first round of the NHL Entry Draft, kicking off Friday night in Montreal.