SUN Hockey Pool

Let the debates begin

MIKE ULMER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

You start with the lock.

Tomorrow, the Hockey Hall of Fame will unveil its latest honourees for induction as honoured members.

Patrick Roy, a four-time Stanley Cup winner and the golden goalie of his generation, will be chosen as the Hall's first netminding choice since Grant Fuhr in 2003.

Roy, 40, won two Stanley Cups each with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche and established himself as the money goalie of his era, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy three times. He will join the likes of Ken Dryden, Bill Durnan and Jacques Plante as former Montreal netminders elected to hockey's biggest showpiece.

Roy's total of 1,029 games played is the most by a goalie as are his his 551 wins and 13 30-win seasons. He was a first-team all-star four times and a three-time Vezina Trophy winner.

As a result of Roy's brilliance, two more goalies who might otherwise warrant consideration will fall short. Tom Barrasso won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh but, unlike Roy, Barrasso was looked upon as more a benefactor for the superb Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

Mike Richter, while an excellent goalie, was a regional flavour in Manhattan despite a Stanley Cup win and a Canada Cup title.

Leafs favourite Doug Gilmour, 42, a Stanley Cup winner in Calgary, dominates the list of first-year eligibles. Gilmour, a playmaking centre, was instrumental in a 50-goal season from Dave Andreychuk and sparked the Leafs to conference championship appearances in 1993 and 1994.

This marks the first year of eligibility for the Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure, a talent who averaged more than a point a game in 702 contests including 437 goals. Bure collected two 60- and three 50-goal campaigns but did not win a championship despite a seventh-game loss to the New York Rangers while with the Vancouver Canucks in 1994.

By comparison, the far less prolific Randy McKay of the New Jersey Devils finished with 265 fewer goals than Bure but took home Stanley Cup titles in 1995 and 2000.

Also eligible are Greg Adams, Ulf Dahlen, Ken Daneyko, stylish forward Kevin Dineen, Brent Gilchrist, Adam Graves (329 goals in 1,152 games), one-time Leaf Phil Housley, Robert Kron, Uwe Krupp, Mike Keenan favourite Stephane Matteau, long-time Islander Marty McInnis, Kelly Miller, Kirk Muller, Jeff Odgers, Paul Ranheim, Joe Sacco and former Leaf Garry Valk.

Former Maple Leaf, Oiler and New York Ranger Glenn Anderson is the most glaring Hall omission. Anderson, an electrifying goal scorer and crease crasher, scored 498 NHL goals, won six Stanley Cups and deserves significant consideration.

Dino Ciccarelli, a prolific scorer with 608 goals but a player without a Cup, still is waiting for his invitation as is Claude Provost, a nine-time Stanley Cup winner in Montreal and Jean Guy Talbot, a seven-time Cup winner with the Habs.

Also up for consideration are Washington Capitals star Dale Hunter, solid winger Steve Larmer, bedrock defenceman Kevin Lowe and hardrock winger Rick Tocchet.

Among the European-born players vying for consideration are Russian stars Boris Mikhailov, Alexander Maltsev and Vladimir Petrov.The trio won 17 world championships for the old Soviet system.

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THE DEAL WITH ... THE HALL OF FAME

2006 Hockey Hall Of Fame Induction Eligibility:

NEWLY ELIGIBLE FAVOURITES

Patrick Roy

Doug Gilmour

Tom Barrasso

Phil Housley

Pavel Bure

TRYING AGAIN

Glenn Anderson

Dino Ciccarelli

Steve Larmer

Rick Middleton

Dale Hunter


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