Joe Sakic won two Stanley Cups. Adam Oates suffered heartbreak in two finals. Pavel Bure won two championships in Russia, but lost in a Stanley Cup final in 1994.
Mats Sundin was not as fortunate. He never advanced past the conference final.
Sakic also won a world championship and Olympic gold. So did Sundin. Bure won a world title. Oates celebrated U.S. college championship.
Sundin and Sakic, once teammates with the Quebec Nordiques, received their call to the hall on the first year of eligibility. Bure had to wait five years after he became eligible, one more than Oates' pause.
They all were NHL captains at one time or another.
Each member of 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class have arrived to be feted with their own individual credentials. But one matter stands out. Bure and Sundin had limited playoff participation. Bure because his career was cut short due to knee injuries, while Sundin simply played on poor teams in Toronto and Quebec City.
Here is a list of Hall of Fame inductees from the past six years who played against Sundin and Bure and the number of Stanley Cup postseason games they played in.
The skinny on the 2012 HHOF class
Age: 41. Hometown: Moscow.
Drafted: 1989 sixth round (113th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks.
Teams: CSKA Moscow, Canucks, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers.
Stats: Regular season GP - 702 G - 437 P - 779; Playoffs GP - 64 G - 35 P - 70.
Hardware: 1989 World junior gold, 1990 World junior silver, 1990 Worlds gold, 1991 World junior silver, 1991 Worlds bronze, 1992 Calder Trophy, 1994 NHL first-team all star, 1998 Olympic silver, 2000 Rocket Richard Trophy, 2001 Rocket Richard Trophy, 2002 Olympic bronze.
1. His father Vladimir was a three-time Olympic swimmer. Unfortunately, Mr. Bure had to go up against U.S. champ Mark Spitz in 1968 and 1972. One of Vladimir's four medals was a bronze in the Spitz won 100-metre freestyle in 1972.
2. As a teenager, Bure was part of two Russian league championship teams with Central Red Army in 1988 and 1989. He only played five games in 1988, but won rookie of the year honours the following season. The powerhouse team also included Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov, Sergei Makarov, Slava Fetisov and couple other teenagers named Sergei Fedorov and Alex Mogilny.
3. Bure, Mogilny and Fedorov combined for 19 goals and 38 points and a gold medal at the 1989 world junior in Anchorage, Alaska. But the tournament record is held by Sweden's silver-medal trio of Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund and Niklas Sundstrom. They scored 33 times and registered 69 points at the 1993 event.
4. By the time Bure, who shares the same Mar. 31 birthday as Gordie Howe, made his way to the Canucks there was at least one familiar face in the dressing room and that was Larionov. He lived with Larionov and his family in North Vancouver before moving into a downtown apartment. The two Russians also roomed together on the road.
5. Bure's relationship has been strained with the Canucks since he informed them after that the 1997-98 season that he would no longer suit up for Vancouver even though he had a year remaining on his contract. But reports indicated this week that the relationship is about to be repaired. Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini will meet with Bure in Toronto this weekend to go over plans to have his No. 10 retired in Vancouver.
Age: 50. Hometown: Weston, Ont.
Retired: 2004. Now Washington Capitals head coach.
Drafted: Undrafted. Signed as free agent by Detroit Red Wings in 1985.
Teams: Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers.
Stats: Regular season GP - 1,337 G - 341 P - 1,420; Playoffs GP - 163 G - 42 P - 156.
Hardware: 1985 NCAA championship, 1990-91 second team NHL all star.
1. He was a prolific box lacrosse player. In 1981, he checked in with 181 points in 19 games with the Etobicoke Eclipse junior team, the 11th best offensive season in league history at that point.
2. Oates dropped out of high school to focus on his hockey with the Markham Waxers, but went back to get his degree. He then earned a hockey scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he won a national title in 1985 and left school after three seasons to sign with Detroit. Oates, however, continued to work on his management degree and graduated three years later.
3. He was known for his time playing alongside Brett Hull and helping his Blues teammate put up 72- and 86-goal seasons. Oates registered 102- and 115-point years with Hull as his linemate, but his most productive year was 142 points with the Bruins in 1992-93. Cam Neely played only 13 games that season. Oates' primary linemates were Dmitri Kvartalnov and Joe Juneau, who was moved to left wing that season by Boston coach Brian Sutter.
4. Oates played with two wingers who scored 50 goals in 50 games. Hull did it twice in the early 1990s. Neely accomplished the feat in 1993-94.
5. He not only succeeded Dale Hunter as the Capitals captain in 1999, but also replaced Hunter as Washington's head coach when the latter decided to return to junior after last season.
(Click here to see one of his beautiful passes to Brett Hull)
Age: 43. Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.
Retired: 2009. Now Colorado Avalanche executive advisor and alternate governor.
Drafted: 1987 first round (15th overall) by the Quebec Nordiques.
Teams: Nordiques, Avalanche.
Stats: Regular season GP - 1,378 G - 625 P - 1,641; Playoffs GP - 172 G - 84 P - 188.
Hardware: 1987 WHL rookie of the year, 1988 WHL leading scorer, 1988 WHL player of the year, 1988 CHL player of the year, 1988 world junior gold, 1991 Worlds silver, 1994 Worlds gold, 1996 Stanley Cup champion, 1996 World Cup silver, 2001 Stanley Cup champion, 2001 Lady Byng winner, 2001 Hart Trophy winner, 2001 Ted Lindsay Award winner, 2002 Olympic gold, 2004 World Cup gold, 2001, 2002 and 2004 NHL first-team all star.
1. He has a street named after him in Burnaby, Joe Sakic Way.
2. He was a teammate of his younger brother Brian (26 months his junior) in his final season with the 1987-88 Swift Current Broncos. Joe (78 goals) and Brian (12) combined to score 90 of the team's 388 regular season goals.
3. He was unharmed on the Broncos tragic bus crash on Dec. 30, 1986 that took the lives of teammates Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Chris Mantyka and Brent Ruff.
4. He wore No. 88 in his rookie season with the Nordiques. The next year he switched to his favourite sweater No. 19 after veteran teammate Alain Cote, who wore the number, retired.
5. Sakic is one of 25 members of the hockey's triple crown club - a Stanley Cup championship, Olympic and World championship gold - and also won gold with Canada at the 1988 world junior and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Age: 41. Hometown: Bromma, Sweden.
Retired: 2009. Now an advisor to the Swedish national team.
Drafted: 1989 first round (1st overall) by the Quebec Nordiques.
Teams: Djurgarden IF, Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks.
Stats: Regular season GP - 1,346 G - 564 P - 1,349; Playoffs GP - 91 G - 38 P - 82.
Hardware: 1991 Worlds gold, 1992 Worlds gold, 1994 Worlds bronze, 1998 Worlds gold, 2001 Worlds bronze, 2003 Worlds silver, 2006 Olympic gold, Four time winner of Viking Award given to Sweden's top NHLer (1993, 1994, 1997, 2002).
1. He played some of his best hockey as Sweden's captain in the 2006 Olympics in Turin. Sundin and the Swedes won gold four years after they were embarrassed and eliminated in the quarterfinals by Belarus in Salt Lake City.
2. He was the second player to score 20-or-more goals in his first 17 NHL seasons. Marcel Dionne was the first.
3. In 13 seasons with the Maple Leafs, No. 13 departed as the all-time franchise leader in goals (420) and points (987).
4. He also was the longest serving European captain of an NHL team at 10 seasons with the Maple Leafs.
5. Sundin returned to the Air Canada Centre as a member of the Canucks on Feb. 21, 2009. It was an emotional affair with a video tribute during a television timeout and then he scored the shootout winner to give Vancouver a 3-2 win.
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