The Hockey Hall of Fame should be the pantheon of hockey gods. But it seems these days the inductees are less than godlike.
A trio of defensemen with nine combined Stanley Cup championships and diverse playing styles were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
One person is conspicuously absent from this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony -- the fan.
Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy accepted their Hockey Hall of Fame blazers on Saturday, then played what might be the only hockey game this year at Air Canada Centre featuring NHL stars.
The end of Paul Coffey's playing career belies the true greatness his Hall of Fame induction reflects.
Ray Bourque needed 22 seasons to win a Stanley Cup. His wait to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame was much shorter. Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy -- all high-scoring defensemen -- were elected in their first year of eligibility.
Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey are virtually assured of being selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame when this year's inductees are announced Wednesday.