Messier. Stevens. Francis. MacInnis. Does a HOF class get any better?
Class By Itself
Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier and Scott Stevens were inducted into the Hall on Monday in arguably the best class ever.
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|WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW|
||2007 Hockey Hall of Fame inductions|
||Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Canada|
||Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. ET (NHL Network)|
|Over 23 NHL seasons, Francis played for the
Whalers, Penguins, Hurricanes and Maple Leafs. He is second to Wayne Gretzky with 1,249 assists, and ranks among the all-time leaders with 1,731 games (third) and 1,798 points (fourth).
|Known for his wicked slap shot, MacInnis played 23 NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues. He is the third-leading career scorer among defensemen, trailing only Ray Borque (1,579) and Paul Coffey (1,531).
|As part of the Edmonton dynasty years, Messier won five Cups with the Oilers before winning another with the Rangers. After playing 25 NHL seasons, he is second only to Wayne Gretzky on the all-time scoring list (1,887) and Gordie Howe for games played (1,767).|
|Stevens is a 13-time All-Star who won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and played more NHL games than any other defenseman during his 22 seasons (1,635). |
|Gregory served as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969 to 1979. He also ran the league's Central Scouting department and is currently the senior vice president of operations for the league's Toronto office.
||Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award|
|Soon after joining The Washington Times at the paper's inception in 1982, Fay started covering the Capitals and covered the team for most of his Times career to earn him this print journalism honor. Fay passed away in July after a 12-year battle with cancer. He was 67.
||Foster Hewitt Memorial Award|
|The longtime "Hockey Night in Canada" announcer will posthumously be honored with the broadcasting award named after his father. He was a talented athlete (playing football, track and field and hockey) before becoming the voice of HNIC from the late 1950s until 1982. |
|SCHEDULE OF EVENTS|
|Sat., Nov. 11
||Hockey Hall of Fame Game|
Rangers vs. Leafs, 7 p.m. ET
|Sunday, Nov. 12
||HHOF Legends Classic|
Expansion vs. Original Six, 2 p.m. ET
|Monday, Nov. 13
||HHOF Induction Ceremony|
7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)