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June 25, 2012

Sakic, Shanahan, Sundin Up For HHOF Debate

On June 26th, the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee is set to meet, debate and announce the induction class of 2012. 

The  first year eligible class for 2012 includes two shoo-ins in Joe Sakic and Brendan Shanahan, while Jeremy RoenickMats SundinCurtis Joseph, Olaf Kolzig, Teppo Numminen, Markus NaslundGary RobertsClaude Lemieux and Bobby Holik will all get good consideration. 

Although it may not be immediate, ultimately the Hall of Fame's Toronto Maple Leaf bias will get Sundin over the hump, but probably not Joseph.  Jeremy Roenick will likely also make the grade one day, though he may be aided by his immense likeability and his stature as a top American player.

As we all know, there is still quite a logjam from previous years, including Eric LindrosAdam Oates, and Pavel Bure (and maybe Tom Barrasso) should make it. I would also argue vehemently that Sergei Makarov should also make the Hall of Fame, though that would almost certainly fall on deaf ears, again.

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