"Oh, it's tough. I don't know if it silences anyone there," Blake said Monday, after his selection in the players' category was announced along with two-time
"But when you look back on the career, being in L.A. and Colorado and San Jose, all three of those places definitely helped me to get to this stage and to get that call today. For me, playing in L.A. was terrific. I'm happy to be back in that organization. I spent a lot of time throughout my career there and hopefully going forward things calm down a little and we go from there."
The impressive, diverse class was rounded out by the late coach Pat Burns in the builders' category and referee Bill McCreary in the referees or linesmen category. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 17 in Toronto.
Blake, known for his jarring hip checks and booming shot, won the Norris Trophy as the
"I would have loved to have done it when I played but wasn't able to get there," he said in a phone interview. "To be fortunate enough to come back to the organization and kind of walk into such a good situation. …It was real nice to see people around here and how much they got into hockey and into the Stanley Cup."
Modano helped popularize hockey in Dallas after the Minnesota North
"This is the one thing that once you retire, you wonder if you had a big enough impact on the game, on and off the ice, that you might get this call in a couple years," Modano said during a conference call with reporters. "It's the pinnacle."
Forsberg, who played on Colorado's 1996 and 2001 Cup champions, will be the third Swede in the Hall of Fame, following Borje Salming and Mats Sundin. He effectively combined power and skill, collecting 885 points in 708 games despite being plagued by foot problems late in his career.
"It's an unbelievable day. I have to say that I'm really happy," said Forsberg, a gold medalist at the 1994 and 2006 Olympics.
Hasek won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie six times between 1993 and 2001 and was twice voted the league's most valuable player. He became a Czech folk hero while leading his country's Olympic team to victory in 1998.
"I'm very thankful today to say that I played hockey for such a long time with such great players," he said.
Burns, who died of cancer in 2010, was a sentimental favorite. He won 501 games with four NHL teams and guided the
"I know that Pat would have been so happy, so grateful, so proud to accept this honor," said his widow, Lynn. "It's a very emotional day for the Burns family, I can tell you that."
McCreary, who will be inducted on his 59th birthday, paid tribute to his fellow honorees. He also recalled Hasek asking him before the 1998 Olympic semifinal shootout between Canada and the Czech Republic whether