Ed Belfour was never drafted by an NHL club, but the Chicago Blackhawks were willing to take a chance on him and the league proved to be better off for it. Only Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy have won more regular season games than Belfour. Chicago decided to honor his time with the team on Sunday.
Belfour also played for the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers during his career. He was a particularly dominant force in the playoffs and won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999. He got to the finals again one year later, but lost to the New Jersey Devils in six games.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
You know by now that Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby keep getting mentioned together, but it might be for all the wrong reasons. (Sun Media)
One sure way to make sure NHL teams won’t let their WJC eligible players be released for the tournament is to have them get hurt. Brett Connolly got a bit banged up today… (TSN)
…But he tweeted that he’s doing just fine. (@bconnolly8)
Eddie Belfour will be given the royal treatment in Chicago. (CSNChicago.com)
Derek Dorsett’s prognosis is a lot better than expected after his wicked crash the other night. (Puck Rakers)
Ales Hemsky is having a hard time finding his game. If found, please return to Rexall Place in Edmonton. (Edmonton Journal)
Erik Gudbranson’s first NHL goal could’ve at least come in a better game for the Panthers. Celebrating in a blowout is awfully hard to do. (Sun-Sentinel)
The Sabres’ power play still stinks. They might want to get a handle on that already. (Buffalo News)
Finally, if you missed any of the good stuff last night we’ve got your hook up. (NHL)
This year’s induction class to the Hockey Hall of Fame was one teeming over with talent. With great forwards like Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour, the impeccable goaltending of Ed Belfour, and the defensive prowess as well as the long wait Mark Howe had to get in it’s a special group to behold.
The NHL Overtime crew of Tony Amonte and John MacLean discuss what made each of these guys so special to watch.
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Mark Howe lived in the shadow of his famous father Gordie … until he turned out to be an excellent professional in his own right. His inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame should make that perfectly clear.
That doesn’t mean Mark didn’t appreciate the hockey legend’s presence in his life and he made that clear in his speech, as he donned Gordie’s iconic Detroit Red Wings number nine jersey. (View his full speech here.)
That was arguably the most memorable moment of the night, but you might want to check out the other three inductees’ speeches. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk joined the greatest players of all-time in the Hockey Hall of Fame this afternoon. Check out video of their ring ceremony, which includes some interesting reflections from all four inductees – plus Mark’s famous dad. (My pick for the most interesting bit: Nieuwendyk’s true love was lacrosse. Hockey history would be a little different if he didn’t opt for the NHL, eh?)