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Eric Lindros Headlines 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Class

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The Hockey Hall of Fame Announces Their 2016 Induction Class

The 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class has been announced. Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, and Rogie Vochon in the players category, and the late Pat Quinn as a builder. The Hockey Hall of Fame’s twitter account announced the class on Twitter this afternoon.

Lindros is the headliner of this class. He was part of one of the largest trades in NHL history between the Philadelphia Flyers and Quebec Nordiques. After being drafted number 1 overall in the 1991 NHL draft by Quebec, they traded him to the Flyers in exchange for Steve Duchesne, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, the rights to Peter Forsberg (the 4th overall pick in the same draft), Philadelphia’s 1993 first round pick (Jocelyn Thibault), Philadelphia’s 1994 first round pick (Nolan Baumgartner), and $15 million. While the trade has always been viewed as a loss for the Flyers, Lindros was one of the best players in the league during his time in the organization.

Lindros scored 30 or more goals 7 times, 6 of those with the Flyers and once with the New York Rangers. After spending 7 MVP level seasons with the Flyers, Lindros was traded to the Rangers for Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and the Rangers 3rd round pick (Stephan Ruzicka). He had a monster season in his first with the Rangers, scoring 37 goals, but struggled with concussion issues that would eventually end his career. A 7 time all star and 1994 NHL Hart Trophy winner, Lindros looks like an easy choice to be inducted, but that ins’t the case. Lindros was passed over 6 times for the Hall of Fame, but as finally makes it in 2016.

Makarov spent most of his hockey career playing for CSKA Moscow of the Soviet League. He won 2 gold medals in the Olympics, and 7 in the World Championships.He was one of the top forwards in the Soviet League, winning the Soviet player of the year 3 times and was named to the all star team 11 times. He joined the Calgary Flames in the 1989-90 season, winning the Calder Trophy at age 31. Nobody over the age of 31 scored more goals in his time in the NHL.

Vachon started his career with the Montreal Canadians as a backup goalie, but gained the starting role after leading the team to the Stanley Cup in 1967. They would lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he would take over the starting role and lead the team to two straight Stanley Cup wins in 1968 and 1969. Vachon was traded to the Los Angeles Kings after the Canadians missed the playoffs in 1970, and had some of his best years with them. He set multiple goaltending records for the Kings and his number 30 was the first retired by the Kings. Following his retirement, he served as the general manager of the Kings from 1984 to 1992.

Quinn spent the early portion of his career with the Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks before finding his place with the Atlanta Flames, where he served as their team captain from 1975-77. Following his retierment, Quinn spent time coaching with the Kings and Flyers, wehere he won his first Jack Adams award as the leagues top head coach. He then became the general manager, and later head coach, of the Canucks, where he lead them to a Stanley Cup final. Quinn took over as head coach for the Maple Leafs, where he won his second Jack Adams award. Despite not winning a Stanley Cup, Quinn won two Jack Adams awards and won a total of 684 games, which is 7th all time in coaching wins.