Monday, November 12, 2007


I was down at the Hockey Hall of Fame today for a 10 a.m. press conference, an exercise that is basically just a chance for assembled media to chat with the inductees.

Given there's no real 'news' coming out the proceedings, I was pretty impressed with the press contingent on hand: Aside from the local chaps, there seemed to be a ton of U.S.-based reporters who made the trek to Toronto for today, something that certainly has a lot to do with the stature of guys like Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis in the cities they played.

I've agreed to put something together for AOL FanHouse for sometime later today, so stay tuned for that. (You'll also be able to note my shoddy work with a camera.)

The actual inductions take place at a gala tonight, and I believe one of the sports networks will have live coverage of that.

UPDATE Here's my coverage of the afternoon. As I note in the post, if you're a blogger and you'd like to use any of these pictures, feel free and just link back to the post.



At 2:40 PM, November 12, 2007, Anonymous Danny Tolensky said...

I was down there too. You going tonight James?

At 2:43 PM, November 12, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Nope, duties call in the newsroom. Sounds like it'll be quite the shindig, though.

At 2:57 PM, November 12, 2007, Anonymous Danny Tolensky said...

I think this afternoon was the best part, at least in terms of getting interesting quotes. Francis was really engaging and interesting. Spent some time with Mr. Gregory yesterday at the Legends Game and he's such a class act. Too bad that he gets upstaged on a night like this but it's still very cool for him to be included among this group. I'll have some video and audio posted, hopefully by tonight if I'm not home too late..jenbneqb

At 3:21 PM, November 12, 2007, Blogger Bruce said...

Just as 2005-06 featured what was effectively a double crop of rookies, so does 2007 feature a double crop of Hall-eligibles. Surely at least one of tonight's truly outstanding foursome would have been persuaded to play in 2004-05 had there been one. I'm thinking Messier, who retired just one season and 11 GP short of Gordie's regular-season marks, but the year off kind of enforced the issue. Hell, he might still be playing if the rhythm of the game had been respected.

Francis was just 36 games behind Gordie, with Stevens ranking 5th all-time less than two seasons back. Too bad about that concussion ...

So tonight features three of the top five all-time in games played, which to me is perhaps the first measure of a player's worth. (Yeah of course it's imperfect, but so are all the other measurements.)

As an aside to those people who are constantly pointing out how there are more games being played in the modern era, in the interests of fairness one must also account for how many players in Gary Bettman's NHL have lost up to 116 games due to the "stoppages in play". That's ten seasons of 82 GP vs. 70.

At 6:10 PM, November 12, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

In that third photo down, Messier totally looks like he's wearing lipstick and eye shadow.

At 8:22 PM, November 12, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Does anyone else think that the older Messier gets, the more he looks like "the red skull" from the captain america comics


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