I just wanted to put this up because the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is going on right now on NHL Network, and if you can watch it, please do.
I thought we might have some discussion here about the Hall, especially about Brian Leetch, one of my favorite all-time athletes and people.
Right off the bat, when they introduced Brett Hull, I was surprised that I forgot just how unbelievable he was. I forgot he did 50 goals in 50 games, which is so rare. And I forgot that he slapped up three straight seasons of 70, including 86, I believe the third highest-total ever.
I do remember when the Rangers’ blockbuster for Eric Lindros fell through—a judge awarded him to Philadelphia, which had a simultaneous deal with Quebec worked out. John Vanbiesbrouck, who was part of the package offered to Quebec, asked, “Why wouldn’t you make the same offer for Brett Hull?” I never could come to a reasonable reason why they wouldn’t. But they didn’t. Hull was lazy at times, and a detriment in his own end, but boy, few ever scored goals like him.
Shhhhhhh. Brian’s next!!