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Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 2004 Inductees

Wednesday, 09.06.2004 / 3:27 PM / Press Releases
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Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 2004 Inductees
TORONTO (June 9, 2004) -- Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that three players who starred in the NHL on defence -- Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy -- have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. The vote was made today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Ray, Paul and Larry as Honoured Members," said Jim Gregory. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

A native of Montréal, Quebec, Raymond Bourque starred in the QMJHL where he played as a 16-year-old with the Sorel Eperviers and continued with the team when it moved to Verdun the following season. His success in Junior was clearly recognized when the Boston Bruins made him their first round selection (8th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Ray made an immediate impact in the NHL, winning the Calder Trophy in 1979-80 and was named to the NHL's First All-Star team -- the only time the NHL has awarded this dual honour to either a defenceman or forward. Bourque was named to the NHL's First All-Star team 12 times during his 19-year playing career, and won five Norris Trophies. He capped his playing career in June 2001 when he won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche and then retired later that same month.

Fletcher was named Executive of the Year by The Hockey News in 1993 with the Leafs.
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"I was hoping to get the call today, but when it came I was completely speechless ," said Bourque. "When I started out playing in the NHL, my goal was simply to establish myself as a player and I never contemplated this type of honour."

Born in 1961 in Weston, Ontario, Paul Coffey was the first selection of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1978 Midget draft. He played one and a half seasons in the Soo before being traded to the Kitchener Rangers, where he was playing when he was made a first round selection of the Edmonton Oilers (sixth overall) in the 1980 Entry Draft. During seven seasons with the Oilers, Coffey was a key component of three Stanley Cup teams and was a first team All-Star twice and second team All-Star on three occasions. He also won the Norris Trophy in 1985 and 1986. In 1987, he was traded to Pittsburgh and during his almost five seasons with the Penguins, Coffey again earned First and Second All-Star team member honours, and won his fourth Stanley Cup in 1991.

From Pittsburgh, Coffey spent a season in Los Angeles before being traded to Detroit in January of 1993. During his three and a half seasons in Detroit, Paul won his third Norris Trophy in 1995. When his 21-year playing career ended in 2001, Coffey retired second only to Ray Bourque in goals, assists and total points for an NHL defenceman.

"I had a chance to see Grant get elected to the Hall last year and it's a tremendous honour to join all of my Oilers teammates," said Coffey. "When we beat the Islanders to win our first Stanley Cup and later watched the stars from that team get into the Hall, it's amazing to receive the telephone call that Grant, Wayne, Jari and Slats got."

Hailing from Scarborough, Ontario, Larry Murphy played Junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes from 1978 to 1980, leading the team to the Memorial Cup in 1978-79. The Los Angles Kings first choice, fourth overall, in the 1980 Entry Draft, Larry set records for most assists (60) and points (76) by a rookie defenceman in his first season in 1980-81. During his 21 NHL seasons, Larry played in 1,615 regular season games, scoring 287 goals, 929 assists and 1,216 points. A second team NHL All-Star in 1987, 1993 and 1995, Larry won four Stanley Cups - in 1991 and 1992 Pittsburgh and 1997 and 1998 with Detroit.

"This is something that, as a player, is the ultimate compliment," said Murphy. "It is a statement of appreciation and I am extremely thrilled to receive this honour."

In the Builder Category, Phoenix Coyotes executive Cliff Fletcher was elected.

Fletcher began his NHL career in 1966 as a scout for the Montreal Canadiens. From Montreal, he joined the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1967 where he later was named Assistant General Manager. Continuing on his expansion run, Cliff joined the Atlanta Flames in 1972 as General Manager when they joined the NHL. He stayed with the team when it moved to Calgary in 1980, building a respected and successful franchise whose highlight was a Stanley Cup win in 1989. From Calgary Fletcher moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where his work restoring the franchise led to him being named The Hockey News Executive of the Year in 1993. After Toronto, Cliff served as a consultant to the Tampa Bay Lightning and then moved to Phoenix in 2001, where he first served as General Manager and now currently holds the role of Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.

"This is a great honour and an unbelievable experience for me," said Fletcher. "I wasn't certain if my name had been put forward to the Committee, so I was completely taken aback by the phone call from Jim Gregory."

The 2004 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 8th, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2004 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com.


RAYMOND BOURQUE

· born on December 28, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec
· began playing hockey in the Montreal Minor System as a centre
· in 1976-77, at the age of 16, he played in the QMJHL with the Sorel Eperviers
· his next two years in Junior, with the Verdun Eperviers, he was selected to the 1st All-Star team
· drafted 8th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft
· made an immediate impact with the Bruins by playing in every game of his rookie season
· captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 1980
· was named to the NHL's 1st All-Star team in his rookie year -- other than a goalie, he was the first to win the Calder and be named to the First All-Star team the same year
· was named to the NHL's First All-Star team another 11 times during his career
· in 1981, he represented Canada for the first of three times in the Canada Cup tournament
· in 1983-84, he recorded a career-high 96 points in a season
· named to the NHL All-Star team that played the Soviets in Rendez-vous '87
· in 1987, he was named to the Canada Cup All-Star team
· received his first of five Norris Trophies in 1986-87
· in 1992, he won the King Clancy Trophy for his combined on and off ice contributions to the game
· played for Canada in the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano
· traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the spring of 2000
· played in 19 consecutive NHL All-Star games
· won the Stanley Cup in 2001 as a member of the Avalanche
· in 1612 games, he collected 1579 points on 410 goals and 1169 assists
· scored 180 points in 214 playoff games
· retired on June 26, 2001
· his number 77 was retired by both the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche

PAUL COFFEY

· born on June 1, 1961 in Weston, Ontario
· was first pick of the Soo Greyhounds in the 1978 midget draft
· collected 89 points in 68 games as a rookie with the Soo Greyhounds in 1978-79
· split sophomore season between Greyhounds and Kitchener Rangers in 1979-80, scoring 29 goals and adding 73 assists for 102 points
· selected to OHA Second All-Star team in 1980
· first choice (sixth overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in 1980 Entry Draft
· during seven seasons with the Oilers, earned three Stanley Cup championships
· was twice selected to NHL's First All-Star team and three-time Second Team All-Star selection as an Edmonton Oiler
· two-time recipient of the Norris Trophy while in Edmonton
· traded to Pittsburgh in November 1987
· during almost five seasons with the Penguins (1987-1992), he was selected to both the NHL's First All-Star team and the Second Team once
· he won his fourth Stanley Cup championship with the Penguins in 1991
· traded to the Los Angeles Kings in February 1992
· traded to Detroit in January 1993
· during his 3½ seasons with the Red Wings, he was the Norris Trophy winner for a third time (1995), the same season he was chosen for the NHL's First All-Star team for the fourth time
· he concluded his career with five more seasons, stopping in Hartford, Philadelphia, Chicago, Carolina and Boston
· retired October 3, 2001
· through 21 NHL seasons, he collected 396 goals and 1135 assists for 1531 points through the regular season
· his playoff totals are 59 goals and 137 assists for 196 points in 194 games
· career bests include 48 goals in 1985-86 with the Oilers, 90 assists that same season with a resulting high mark of 138 points
· eclipsed the 100-point mark five times in his career
· was only the fourth player in NHL history to collect 1,000 career assists
· is the second most proficient defenseman in NHL history, sitting behind Raymond Bourque in career goals, assists, and points
· in 1997 was ranked the twenty-eighth greatest NHL player of all-time by The Hockey News
· was a member of championship Canadian teams at Canada Cup tournaments in 1984, 1987 and 1991
· named to Canada Cup All-Star team in 1984
· played for Canada at the 1990 World Championships (fourth place finish)
· participated in Canada's second place finish at World Cup of Hockey in 1996

LARRY MURPHY

· born March 8, 1961 in Scarborough, Ontario
· played for the Peterborough Petes of OMJHL in 1978-79 and 1979-80
· helped Peterborough win the 1978-79 Memorial Cup
· selected to the OMJHL First All-Star team in 1979-80
· represented Canada as a member of the Peterborough Petes at the 1980 IIHF U20 World Championships
· the Los Angeles Kings' first choice, fourth overall, in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft
· played in his first NHL season in 1980-81 setting records for most assists (60) and points (76) by a rookie defenseman in one season
· runner-up for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 1979-80 (won by Peter Stastny)
· played 21 NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, the Washington Capitals, the Minnesota North Stars, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings
· played 1,615 regular season games in the NHL, recording 287 goals, 929 assists and 1216 points
· played 215 NHL playoff games, contributing 37 goals and 115 assists for 152 points
· NHL Second All-Star team defenseman in 1987, 1993, 1995
· won four Stanley Cup championships - 1991 and 1992 with Pittsburgh and 1997 and 1998 with Detroit
· fourth defenseman to record 1,000 NHL regular season points
· recorded five 20-goal seasons
· recorded eleven 60-point seasons
· represented Canada at the 1985 and 1987 IIHF World Championships
· won two Canada Cups with Canada in 1987 and 1991

CLIFF FLETCHER
· born August 16, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec
· began career as a scout in Montreal Canadiens' organization in 1966
· joined expansion St. Louis Blues in 1967 and was later named assistant general manager
· hired by the Atlanta Flames as general manager when they joined the NHL in 1972
· organized transfer of Flames' franchise to Calgary in 1980
· general manager of the Calgary Flames from 1980-1991
· during his regime, the Calgary Flames won the Presidents' Trophy twice, two Campbell Conference titles and two Smythe Division titles
· won the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989
· general manager of Team Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup
· spent six seasons as Chief Operating Officer, President and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (1991-1997)
· he took the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Conference finals in 1993 and 1994
· named 1993 Executive of the Year by The Hockey News
· joined the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1999 for two years as Senior Advisor to the general manager
· hired by the Phoenix Coyotes as Executive Vice-President and general manager in 2001
· named Senior Executive Vice-President of Hockey Operations in 2002
· spent seven years on the Hockey Hall of Fame's Board of Directors
· former member of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee
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