Congratulations to this years Hall of Fame class. As "The Prof" predicted, we saw a sweep of ex Red Wings and one star two time Norris trophy winning Ranger defenseman get the nod Tuesday.

Forwards Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and defenceman Brian Leetch were announced as this year's inductees in the players category. Lou Lamarillo from New Jersey was announced in the Builder's Category.

At centre, Yzerman was the shoe in. The fourth overall draft pick in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Yzerman scored 39 goals and added 48 points for 87 points in his rookie season. As "The Prof" also pointed out, Yzerman spent his entire 22-year career with the Red Wings, scoring 692 goals to rank eighth on the all-time list.

Brett Hull with 741 goals ranks third on the all-time list. Hull was was a late pick and poor starter in Calgary when he finally made the team in 1986. Later traded to St. Louis, Hull teamed up with Adam Oates to score over 70 goals in three consecutive seasons, including a career-high of 86 markers in 1990-91. He would end his 10-year career in St. Louis with 527 goals for an average of over 50 goals per season.

At left wing, Robitaille is the highest scoring player at his position in league history, ranking 10th on the all-time list with 668 goals. While on defense, Leetch notched 71 points in his first season, with a career-best campaign in 1991-92 when he hit the 100-point mark. He was rewarded with his first of two Norris Trophies as the league's best defenceman.

As for Lamarillo, 40 years in hockey and 3 Stanley Cups as coach was enough to put him in this years celebration which will take in place on November 9th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.


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