When Pat Quinn and John Davidson from the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee phoned to inform Line Burns that her late husband Pat the coach was part of the 2014 class of inductees, she was overcome with emotion.
"You just made my day," she said with tears washing down her face," and you probably just made my year, too."
Quinn, Davidson and the rest of the 18-member selection committee made plenty of people happy on Monday with the inclusion of Burns, who passed away at age 58 after a five-year battle with cancer on Nov. 19, 2010.
For Burns, he was part of a well-accomplished group. This year's class contains Olympic and world champions as well as Stanley Cup winners. This group has first-round picks and mid-to-late-round selections.
Here are five things about each member who will be inducted into the HHOF on Nov. 17.
- He was a policeman in Hull, Que., as he began working his way up the coaching ladder.
- He coached the Hull Olympiques to the 1985-86 QMJHL championship and Memorial Cup final, which Hull lost 6-2 to the Guelph Platers.
- He won the Jack Adams Trophy in his first year with each of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins and then won a Stanley Cup in his first of two seasons with the New Jersey Devils.
- His last coaching gig was as an assistant under Ken Hitchcock with the 2008 Canadian team at the world championship in Quebec City and Halifax.
- He has an arena named after him in his hometown at Stanstead College, a private school located in Quebec's Eastern Townships.
- Now 44, the Los Angeles Kings drafted the native of Simcoe, Ont. in 1988 in the fourth round (70th overall) after three years at Bowling Green State University.
- He's a member of the Triple Gold Club as a 1994 and 1997 world champion with Canada, a 2000-01 Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche and 2002 Olympic gold-medal champ with Canada.
- He also went to a NHL final with the Kings in 1993 and won a second Stanley Cup this spring as the assistant general manager of Los Angeles.
- He played in a combined 1,416 regular season and playoff games in 20 seasons for the Kings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.
- He suited up for Canada 58 times at five world championships, three Olympic Games and one World Cup of Hockey.
- At .898 assists per game, the native of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden ranks fifth all time behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr and Sidney Crosby.
- Even though he suffered an assortment of injuries throughout his career, Forsberg still managed to play in 1,088 professional regular season and playoff games in the NHL and Swedish Elitserien and another 63 internationally for Sweden at the world championships, World Cups and Olympic Games.
- Like Blake, the 40-year-old Forsberg also is a member of the Triple Gold Club. But he won two of each: 1994 and 2006 Olympic gold, 1995-96 and 2000-01 Stanley Cups, and 1992 and 1998 world crowns.
- He was Sweden's flag bearer for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
- He never won a Swedish Elitserien title as a player, but came close in 1994. His Modo team won the opener in the final, but after Forsberg fell ill his team didn't win another game in the series.
- A 10th-round pick in 1983, he won the Vezina Trophy six times with the Buffalo Sabres in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2001 (one shy of Jacque Plante's record) as well as the Hart Trophy in 1997 and 1998.
- He made 70 saves in a four-overtime 1-0 win against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on April 27, 1994, a record for most saves in a game without allowing a goal.
- Now 49, the native of Pardubice, Czech Republic didn't retire until he was 46 after the 2010-11 season with HC Spartak Moscow.
- At 16 with his hometown HC Pardubice, he was the youngest to play in Czechoslovak Extraliga history.
- He won Olympic gold with the Czechs in 1998 and two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 2001-02 and 2007-08, but couldn't win gold at the world championship, settling for silver in 1983 and bronze on three other occasions.
- He played junior in St. Catharines and Windsor before returning to his hometown of Guelph, Ont. to officiate minor hockey in the late 1970s thanks to the encouragement of a close friend Terry Finley.
- In his 29 years as a NHL referee, he was a player favourite because of his communication skills and feel for the game.
- His first NHL game was in Washington (Devils at Capitals) on Saturday, Nov. 3, 1984 and his final game also was in Washington (Sabres at Capitals) on April 2, 2011.
- Now 58, he officiated in 15 Stanley Cup finals and three Olympic gold-medal matches in 1998, 2002 and 2010.
- During the 2004-05 lockout cancelled season, he went to Davos, Switzerland and refereed in the Spengler Cup.
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- He was the most productive American-born player with 619 goals and 1,416 points in 1,675 NHL regular season and playoff games.
- He won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars against Hasek's Sabres in 1999 and a World Cup of Hockey title with the United States in 1996.
- In total, he played for the U.S. in two world juniors, three Olympics, three world championships, a Canada Cup and two World Cup of Hockey events.
- He has an arena named after him in Westland, Mich., where he played his minor hockey.
- Last fall, Modano married pro golfer Allison Micheletti, the daughter of former St. Louis Blues defenceman Joe Micheletti.