Denis Savard, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita, and Bobby Hull are among the Blackhawks legends to have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, up to four additional outstanding players can be added to the current list of 251 members whose names will always be tied to the league's prestigious honor.
The Hockey Hall of Fame was established in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1943. Throughout the years, new categories have been put in place in addition to the players and builders--a person who has made contributions to the development of the league.
An additional category for on-ice officials was established in 1961, as well as a subcategory for female players created in 2010.
Now the 18-person selection committee is finalizing their nominations for this year's honor by completing their voting process. A minimum of ten voting members must agree on a nomination in order to finalize the process.
Joe Sakic and Brendan Shanahan are expected to be among the top candidates in this year's running list of possible inductees.
Sakic was drafted by the Avalanche in 1987 and went on to spend his entire 20-season professional career in Colorado, recording 1,641 points in 1,378 games. Sakic led Colorado to a pair of Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001.
Today hockey fans see Brendan Shanahan deal fines and suspension as the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and head disciplinarian. But before he was sentencing Raffi Torres 25-game suspension, Shanahan was one of the league's most respected players. He spent the majority of his career with the Red Wings and ended his playing career with the New Jersey Devils in 2009.
By the end of his 21-year career, Shanahan recorded 1,354 points in 1,524 games played. The All Star player earned three Stanley Cup titles in Detroit and scored the league's highest number of Gordie Howe hat tricks with 17.
Other names that could be in the running for the Hall of Fame induction are Mats Sundin, Jeremy Roenick, Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros, and Adam Oates. The league will reveal the new inductees beginning at 2:00 CST.