Lanny McDonald named Hockey Hall of Fame chairman

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On Wednesday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced named a successor to the late Pat Quinn as chairman of the board — Lanny McDonald, who was enshrined in the Hall 23 years ago.

“As a perennial supporter since his induction in 1992 and a member of the Selection Committee for the past nine years, Lanny is familiar with the affairs of the Hockey Hall of Fame just as the hockey world remembers his achievements during his outstanding playing career,” said vice-chair Jim Gregory in a statement.

“While Lanny is highly recognized as a exceptional hockey player, he is also a dedicated family man, community benefactor, philanthropist and successful businessman whose leadership qualities will be a valuable asset to the Hall and its continued growth and development.”

McDonald, 62, scored 500 goals in over 1,100 games while playing for the Maple Leafs, Rockies and Flames. At 36, he famously co-captained Calgary to the 1989 Stanley Cup, scoring a huge goal in Game 6 against Montreal. Following his retirement, he served in a variety of management positions, including GM of Team Canada for a series of World Championships.

“I am thrilled and honoured for this opportunity,” McDonald said. “The Hockey Hall of Fame is a very special place to me, as is it to hockey fans of all ages.”