The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2012, with Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin set to become honoured members this Nov. 12 in Toronto.
Pavel Bure was a three-time NHL goal-scoring champion, winning titles in 1994, 2000 and 2001. He also finished amongst the top-20 scorers five times in his career, including 1999-2000 when he finished second in the scoring race. He played in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.
Bure played in one Stanley Cup final, helping the Canucks win the Clarence Campbell Bowl in 1994. At the international level, he won Olympic silver in 1998 and Olympic bronze in 2002.
Adam Oates was a three-time NHL assists king, winning titles in 1993, 2001 and 2002. He also helped Brett Hull win multiple goal-scoring titles in St. Louis, Cam Neely score 50 goals in 49 games in Boston, and Peter Bondra win a goal-scoring title in Washington. Along with his stints with the Blues, Bruins and Capitals, he also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Edmonton Oilers.
Oates played in two Stanley Cup finals, helping the Capitals win the Prince of Wales Trophy in 1998 and the Ducks win the Clarence Campbell Bowl in 2003. He finished amongst the top-20 scorers 10 times in his career, including third overall three times in a four-year stretch.
Joe Sakic was a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 1996. He also won an Olympic gold medal, also earning MVP honours at the Salt Lake 2002 tournament. He played in the NHL with the Québec Nordiques / Colorado Avalanche.
Sakic was also a Hart Trophy (MVP) and Pearson Award (most outstanding player) winner in 2000-01. In 20 NHL seasons, he was a top-20 scorer 14 times. He was runner up in the Art Ross Trophy scoring race in both 2000-01 and 2003-04.
Mats Sundin was an Olympic champion, winning gold at Torino in 2006. He also won three gold medals at the IIHF World Championships. He played in the NHL with the Québec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.
Sundin finished amongst the top-20 scorers eight times in his career, including a fourth-place finish in 2001-02. He was also a two-time NHL Second Team All-Star.
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