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Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano Among Six Elected to the Hockey Hall Fame

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Peter Forsberg Pat Burns, Rob Blake, and referee Bill McCreary are also headed to the Hall of Fame.

Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano Among Six Elected to the Hockey Hall Fame

Editor's Note: It's a shame Hasek didn't get one of those Stanley Cups in Buffalo, especially with the travesty that was Brett Hull's goal in Game 6, but it's great that he will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. - Ross

Yesterday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced six inductees for its 2014 class. Among those elected were four players including goaltender Domink Hasek, forwards Mike Modano and Peter Forsberg, and defenseman Rob Blake. Former New Jersey Devils' coach, the late Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary were elected as well. Here's a quick look at the achievements of this year's Hockey Hall of Fame class.

Dominik Hasek

Nicknamed "The Dominator," Hasek is considered by some the greatest goaltender of all-time. He is most famous for his incredible acrobatic saves and unorthodox style as you can see in the video below. He has the best career save percentage of any goaltender with a .9223 SV% and ranks seventh in career goals against average with a 2.202 GAA. 

He has six Vezina Trophies, two Harts, two Pearsons, and two Stanley Cups under his belt and is the only goaltender to win multiple Hart Trophies. In addition, he won an Olympic gold medal in the 1998 Nagano Games for the Czech Republic. 

He spent most of his career with the Buffalo Sabres, where he played eight seasons for the team. He also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Ottawa Senators. He retired from the NHL in 2008 after he won his second Stanley Cup with the Red Wings. 

Mike Modano

The greatest Dallas Star of all-time, Modano is one of the most decorated American-born players in the history of the NHL. He holds American records in most points (1,374), goals (561), playoff points (145), and game played (1,499). He spent almost all of his 21-year career with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, where he holds team records in games played, goals, assists, and points. Modano could really light up the score sheet. He led the Stars to their first Stanley Cup in 1999 against Hasek's Sabres. Back in March, his #9 became the fourth retired number in Stars history. 

Peter Forsberg

Despite injuries limiting Forsberg to just more than 700 career games, he is still regarded as one of the top players in NHL history. Forsberg was an all-around incredible player and he always came through in the clutch. Forsberg is tied for 11th all-time in career playoff game-winning goals with 14. It's hard to pick his best attribute, but his exceptional on-ice vision made him one of the greatest passers the NHL has ever seen. Forsberg holds the fifth spot all-time in career assists-per-game (.898) and is also eighth in career points-per-game (1.25). In 708 games, Forsberg accumulated 249 goals, 636 assists, and 885 points.

He is part of the illustrious Triple Gold Club, which is a group that has won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, and a World Championship gold medal. He holds two Stanley Cup rings with the Colorado Avalanche, a pair of Olympic gold medals, and two World Championship gold medals for Sweden. In addition, he is a one-time winner of the Art Ross, Calder, and Hart trophies.

Rob Blake

A top all-around defenseman in his time and a bone crushing hitter, Blake, like Forsberg, is also part of the Triple Gold Club. The Canadian defenseman has one Stanley Cup, an Olympic Gold medal, and two World Championship gold medals to his name. In addition, Blake won the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in 1998. In his 1,270 games, Blake compiled 240 goals, 537 assists, and 777 points. His 240 goals is good for eighth on the  all-time goals list for defenseman. He spent 14 of his 21 seasons in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. He also spent time with the Avalanche, where he won his first and only Stanley Cup, and the San Jose Sharks before retiring in 2010.

Pat Burns

It's been a long time coming for the late Pat Burns. He should have been elected a lot earlier, but nonetheless he is finally in the Hall of Fame where he belongs. Burns coached four teams (Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils) during his head coaching tenure from 1988 to 2004. He is a three-time Jack Adams Award winner with three different teams (Canadiens in 1989, Leafs in 1993, and Bruins in 1998). He is the only coach to win the award three times.

Under Burns, his teams only missed the playoffs three times. In his 14 seasons as a coach, Burns accumulated a regular season record of 501-353-151-14. Burns finally won his first Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003. 

Bill McCreary

McCreary was a NHL referee from 1984 to 2011. In his 27-year career, McCreary officiated 1700 regular season games, 282 playoff games, and one All-Star Game. In addition, he officiated two gold medal games between the United States and Canada, in 2002 and 2010. 

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