In the players’ category, Blake, 44, was joined by longtime
Blake, known for his thunderous hip checks and booming slap shot, won the Norris trophy -- given to the NHL's top defenseman -- while playing for the Kings in the 1997-98 season. However, he was unable to come to terms with them on a new contract and was traded to Colorado in February of 2001.
Blake went on to win the
"It's a great honor, and I think when you receive that call, you're speechless because you're replaying everything throughout your career," Blake said during a conference call. "It's a great honor."
Forsberg led Colorado to the Cup in 1996 and 2001. He amassed 249 goals and 636 assists for 885 points in 708 regular-season games during a career curtailed by leg and foot injuries. He ranks in the top 20 in playoff goals (64), assists (107) and points (171).
Hasek won the Vezina trophy as the NHL’s top goalie six times and was twice voted the league’s most valuable player while playing for the
"What a great honor to be inducted," Hasek said. "What a fantastic time I spent over there with so many great players. I'm very thankful today."
Modano, a native of Livonia, Mich., thanked fans in Minnesota, where he began his career with the North
McCreary officiated 1,737 regular season games, 297 playoff games and one NHL All-Star Game. He also officiated during the 1998, 2002 and 2010 Olympics and worked 44 games in the Stanley Cup Final, a league record.
Burns won Coach of the Year honors three times and won the Cup with New Jersey in 2003. He died of cancer in 2010.
His widow, Lynn, said her late husband "would have been so happy, so grateful, so proud to accept this honor. It's a very emotional day for the Burns family, I can tell you that."