Hasek, Burns make Hockey Hall of Fame
Dominik Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the National Hockey League’s best goalie and twice league MVP, was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday as part of a six-member class of 2014.
Also gaining induction in the Player category were American Mike Modano, Canadian Rob Blake and Swedish center Peter Forsberg. Late coach Pat Burns was selected in the Builder category while former referee Bill McCreary was added in the Referee/Linesman category.
Hasek played nine seasons professionally in his native Czech Republic before joining the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks in 1990. He eventually joined the Buffalo Sabres where he went on to win six Vezina Trophies during an eight-season span that also saw him become the first goalie to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as most valuable player since Jacques Plante in 1962.
Modano holds the NHL record for most goals (561) and points (1,374) by an American-born player and led the Dallas Stars to their only Stanley Cup in the 1998-99 season.
Forsberg played 14 seasons and was named rookie of the year in 1995.
Blake scored 40-plus points 12 times in 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado and San Jose Sharks. He won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001. Blake is currently the assistant general manager of the Kings.
Burns, who turned to coaching after a 17-year career as a police officer, began his 14-year NHL career in 1988 with the Montreal Canadiens — winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in his first season.
Burns, who coached the Boston Bruins from 1997 to 2000, also won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. Burns, who lived in Gilmanton, N.H., died in 2010.