This past Sunday afternoon, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates were inducted as legends into the NHL Hall of Fame. Many say the “Legends Classic” was a somber affair in lieu of the Lockout and that the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 deserves better than this.
The game is usually in front of a national TV audience and followed by a game between the Maple Leafs and the Devils. Instead, a third of the arena was curtained off and the game was played in front of a crowd of what seemed to be just close friends and relatives. The four recipients gave the ACC crowd one last great show, however, proving that their legendary moves haven’t worn off just yet.
“Even in difficult times,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said, “we find ourselves reassured to be here to recognize ultimate achievements on the ice.”
But in order for their to be achievements on the ice, the players have to be on the ice. The lockout has turned into a tiresome story, but predictions of when it will end are focused around next month. We’re definitely ready for it to be over.