The Hockey Hall of Fame is welcoming four new members, three of them with ties to the Vancouver Canucks and the province of BC.
Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates are being inducted in the player category.
Bure twice scored 60 goals with the Canucks and added a 50 goal season with the club as well. He later hit the 50-goal plateau twice with Florida. He had 437 goals and 702 points in a career shortened by injury.
Joe Sakic, a Burnaby native, scored 625 goals and 1641 points and won two Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy with the Avs/Nordiques organization.
Mats Sundin had 28 points in a 41-game stint with the Canucks in 2008-09. He’s certainly better known for a 13-year tenure in Toronto that saw him lead the Leafs in scoring 12 of the 13 years.
The fourth player entering the Hall is Adam Oates, who had 1420 points in his career.
The former star NHL forwards were presented with their Hall of Fame member rings at a press conference this morning.
A formal induction ceremony will be held in the evening.
Buffalo Sabres play-by-play voice Rick Jeanneret and Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor will also be honoured today.
Jeanneret will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster and MacGregor will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.