Finally, some good news for hockey. With the NHL still mired in a labor dispute and seemingly the only news coming out of the sport stories of either stalled negotiations or canceled games, on Monday the Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed in four new members. Before the induction ceremony began, the inductees posed together (from left): Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure.
Welcome to Toronto
Four players will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Here's a look at all of them.
Oates played for seven teams and served as the captain of the Washington Capitals. On the day his Hall of Fame election was announced, he was also named the new coach of the Capitals.
Oates joined the league as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in 1985. He had four 100-point seasons during his 19-year career.
He was the NHL's top goal scorer during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons while playing for the Florida Panthers. Bure retired in 2003 after ending his career with the New York Rangers.
The Moscow native joined the Vancouver Canucks in 1991 and won the Calder Trophy that season as the league's rookie of the year. Known as 'The Russian Rocket,' Bure led the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the New York Rangers in seven games. He also was named to the All-Star team six times.
He captained the 2006 Swedish men's hockey team to a stunning gold-medal win at the Olympics in Turin, Italy. He also was the first Swedish-born player to reach 1,000 points in the NHL.
Sundin spent 13 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in goals and assists, before ending his career after playing a year with the Vancouver Canucks.
He captained the team for 17 seasons — the second longest captaincy in NHL history — and won two Stanley Cups with the team in 1996 and 2001. He's also the only inductee from this year's class to win a Stanley Cup.
Sakic was drafted 15th overall in 1987 by the Quebec Nordiques and followed the team when it moved and became the Colorado Avalanche. He ended up playing his entire 20-year career with that organization.
How they got here
Before Monday's Hall of Fame inductees could flip pucks together in Toronto, they had to earn their way into the Hall. See how each man distinguished himself as one of the sport's greatest with a look back at their career accomplishments.
Mats Sundin starred for the Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs before finishing his superb career with the Vancouver Canucks.
Hit the stage
Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Joe Sakic walks on stage at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Pavel Bure, of Russia, speaks at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Spotlight on Sundin
Mats Sundin speaks to the media after receiving his induction ring Monday in Toronto.
Pavel Bure, known for his lightning speed and finishing ability, was a star in the NHL for the Canucks, Panthers and Rangers and also excelled for Russia.
Center of attention
Adam Oates takes part in a news conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto.
Look who's here
Former Maple Leaf Borje Salming arrives for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Brookfield Place on Monday in Toronto, Canada.
Adam Oates, the current coach of the Washington Capitals, finished with more than 1,000 assists in his 19 seasons in the NHL.
Tie Domi, flanked by his daughters Avery (L) and Carlin (R), arrives for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Ring to it
Adam Oates poses with his Hall of Fame ring at the Hockey Hall of Fame ring ceremony. Oates and three other former NHL players were inducted into the Hall during a ceremony later in the day.
Ring's the thing
Hockey Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Mats Sundin shows his induction ring beside Pat Quinn, his former coach and co-chairman of the selection committee, during a news conference in Toronto.
Joe Sakic was nothing short of heroic during his 20 seasons and 1,378 games with the Quebec Nordiques-Colorado Avalanche franchise.