2007 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on TSN
Messier and Al MacInnis headline a star-studded list of honorees as TSN pays
tribute to four of hockey’s most decorated players and one of the game’s most
respected executives with coverage of the 2007 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction
TSN’s James Duthie and broadcasting legend Dick Irvin, the two-hour event will
air live on the TSN alternate feed on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will
be repeated in its entirety on TSN on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
TSN’s coverage of the Induction Ceremony on Nov. 14 will be immediately
followed by a big all-Canadian match-up featuring
Edmonton @ Vancouver at 9:30 p.m. ET during NHL
on TSN: Wednesday Night Hockey.
into the Induction Ceremony on Nov. 12, TSN presents its own Hall of Fame
lineup, beginning with SportsCentre at 6:30 p.m. ET, as James Cybulski reports
live from the red carpet as the inductees and guests arrive.
At 7 p.m.
ET, Gino Reda hosts a special edition of Molson That’s Hockey live from the
Bell Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame in
Toronto. Reda will be joined by a
number of special guests, including TSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire, who will
discuss the careers of each inductee.
Stanley Cups between them, the Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes a distinguished
Class of 2007. This year’s inductees are:
Messier (Player Category) – Often referred to as the greatest captain in team
sports, Messier played 25 seasons in the NHL, winning a total of six Stanley
Cups (Edmonton Oilers 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990; New York Rangers
1994). With 1,887 points, the two-time Hart Trophy winner and five-time
All-Star, who also played in
is second behind Wayne Gretzky on the NHL’s all-time leading scoring list.
MacInnis (Player Category) – A Stanley Cup winner with the Calgary Flames in
1989, MacInnis, who won the hardest-shot competition at the NHL All-Star Game
seven times, is best remembered for his blistering slapshot. The defenseman
had an illustrious 23-year career with the Flames and St. Louis Blues that saw
him finish 3rd all-time in career points by a defenseman (1,274), assists by a defenseman
(934), and goals by a defenseman (340).
Francis (Player Category) – A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh
Penguins (1991, 1992), Francis also captained the Carolina Hurricanes to the
Stanley Cup Final in 2002. Over his 23-year career, Francis also played
with the Hartford Whalers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He finished 2nd
all-time in career assists (1,249), 3rd in career games played (1,731) and 4th
on the all-time scoring list with 1,798 points.
Stevens (Player Category) – A three-time Stanley Cup winner as captain of the
Devils, Stevens played 13 seasons in
Jersey. He is the NHL’s all-time leader in
games played by a defenseman with 1,635. Selected 5th overall by the
Washington Capitals in 1982, Stevens, a five-time NHL All-Star, also spent time
with the St. Louis Blues.
Gregory (Builder Category) – Gregory has had a distinguished career in hockey
management. Following a 10-year term as general manager of the Toronto
Maple Leafs that began in 1969, Gregory became head of NHL Central Scouting. In
1986, he was named Executive Director of Hockey Operations for the NHL, before
taking over his current role as Senior Vice-President, Hockey Operations, where
under his leadership, video goal reviews were implemented.