The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2013 class yesterday. It was announced that Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Fred Sharo and Geraldine Heaney would be inducted into the Hall later this year. Some thought that former King, Rob Blake would round out this year’s class, but when it was announced there was no Blake and no Kings.
There are several notable former Kings that have already been inducted into the Hall, players like, Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne and Jari Kurri already grace the Hockey Hall of Fame. Which brings us to today’s poll question, which former Los Angeles King do you think will be selected to be inducted into the Hall next?
When the selection committee looks at players that could possibly get the nod, they take into mind the player’s, “playing ability, sportsmanship, character and their contribution to the team or teams and to the game of hockey in general,” some pretty straight forward stuff. The real only requirement set by the Hall is that there be three seasons played since the player retired.
Here is some info on a few possible selections:
Taylor played in over 1,100 games through out his career, scoring 431 goals and recording 1,069 points in that time. Taylor was a member of the Kings’ “Triple Crown Line” along side Hall of Famer Dionne, and Charlie Simmer. Drafted 210th overall in the ’75 Entry Draft, Taylor is the lowest drafted player to have hit the 1,000 point mark.
Before Jonathan Quick came to town, most thought Vachon would hold the major records for Kings goalies forever. Vachon was the Kings’ first premiere goalie. He played in 795 games through out his career for the Canadiens, Kings, Red Wings and Bruins and grabbed 351 wins and 51 shutouts over that time. He won three Stanley Cups with Montreal and won the Vezina Trophy in ’68.
Originally drafted by the Kings in ’88, Blake served as team captain for five seasons and won the Norris Trophy in ’98 while with the Kings. Blake won one Stanley Cup after he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. Through out his career, Blake played in 1,270 games and recorded 777 points in those games. He also won an Olympic Gold medal with team Canada at the ’02 Winter Olympic Games.