The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced that Ed Belfour, Mark Howe, Doug Gilmour and Joe Nieuwendyk are the Class of 2011 inductees.
More in a bit.
Here’s the release from the Hockey Hall of Fame:
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2011 INDUCTEES
TORONTO (June 28, 2011) – Bill Hay, Chairman and CEO of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Jim
Gregory and Pat Quinn, Co-Chairmen of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee,
announced today Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk have been
elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. The vote took place today at the
annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured
Members,” said Jim Gregory. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well
documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
Ed Belfour, a native of Carmen, Manitoba, played on five NHL teams from the 1988 to 2007
seasons, winning the Stanley cup in 1999 as a member of the Dallas Stars. A two-time Vezina
trophy winner, he also won a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
“It is hard to put into words what this means to me,” said Belfour. “I would like to thank all
of my teammate and people along the way who helped me achieve my hockey dreams.”
Doug Gilmour was born in Kingston, Ontario and played Junior hockey nearby as a member
of the Cornwall Royals, winning a Memorial Cup in 1981. Doug played 20 years in the NHL,
winning a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989.
“This is an overwhelming honour and one that makes me reflect back on the teammates and
coaches I have had over years,” said Gilmour. “Larry Mavety, who gave me a chance in Tier
II hockey and Gord Wood who drafted me into Junior at Cornwall, are two people who were
instrumental in helping me establish myself as a player”.
Mark Howe played his Junior hockey in Toronto before turning professional with the
Houston Aeros in 1973. He stayed in the WHA until the merger with the NHL, playing with
the Hartford Whalers, the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings before retiring in 1995.
“I was elated to have this dream come true given that it is a tremendous honour just to have
my name mentioned with the upper echelon of hockey,” said Howe. “To actually have my
name in the Hall of Fame with my Dad will mean so much to my family.”
Joe Nieuwendyk played three seasons at Cornell University before turning professional with
the Calgary Flames, winning Rookie of the Year in 1988. Joe went on to win the Stanley Cup
with Calgary the following season and twice more – with Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in
“Every player does their best year after year and strives to play at a very high level,” said
Nieuwendyk. “I truly love the game and love to compete, and I’m pleased to be honoured
by the Hockey Hall of Fame.”
The 2011 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 14th at the Hockey Hall
of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2011 Induction
Weekend/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com.
Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame’s (“HHOF”) mandate is to recognize and
honour the achievements of players, builders and officials who bring special distinction to
the game of hockey, and to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects, images and
resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the
world. As a non-profit corporation and a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, HHOF
owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits,
multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield
Place, Toronto, Canada.