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Hockey Hall of Fame’s future looks good with committee changes

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John Davidson of the Columbus Blue Jackets

The respected John Davidson will have plenty to say about future Hall of Fame inductees. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

There will be a changing of the old guard at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

It was announced today that Blue Jackets president John Davidson will succeed Jim Gregory as the chairman of the Hall’s selection committee.

Gregory and Serge Savard, whose terms had ended, and former committee member Pat Quinn will be replaced by Bobby Clarke, David Poile and Luc Robitaille.

Davidson, one of the most respected voices in the game, appears to be a smart choice for the chairmanship. He’s an enthusiastic and open-minded manager with Columbus, and has the personality to carry the Hall in a new direction.

You can expect to hear grumblings of dissent over Clarke’s appointment — he’s regarded as something less than open-minded — but Poile and Robitaille are exactly the kind of fresh blood the committee needs.

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  • Published On Mar 26, 2014
  • Eric Lindros and Pat Burns among notable Hall of Fame snubs … again

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    The late coach Pat Burns deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    If three Jack Adams Awards and a Stanley Cup can’t get Pat Burns into the Hall, what will? (Lou Capozzola/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    The Hall of Fame selection committee voted in five new members to join the game’s greatest legends on Tuesday and did as well as it has done in years. After honoring a stream of marginal players like Bernie Federko, Leo Boivin and Dick Duff, the 2013 class of Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero deserve all the accolades coming their way.

    MUIR: Saluting the Class of 2013

    But as good as this group was, there’s plenty of room for debate because of who didn’t make the cut.

    Again, nothing wrong with the Shero nod, but the Pat Burns snub in the Builder category has gotten past the point of reason. Forget that the committee had a chance to do the right thing and induct him just before he died of cancer three years ago — that refusal may have been the its self-important way of saying it wouldn’t be influenced by the massive social effort aimed at pressuring it to induct Burns while he was still alive. But it’s been three years now. Three years. Whichever voters the admittedly brusque ex-cop offended along the way need to step back and recognize the greatness of the only three-time Jack Adams winner in NHL history, a man who guided the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003 and who won 501 games during his 14-season career.

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  • Published On Jul 09, 2013