Niewendyk, Belfour, Mark Howe, Gilmour all get Hall of Fame nod – NHL.com – Hall of Fame

Ed Belfour didn’t have to wait long to make the Hockey Hall of Fame. “The Eagle” got his phone call in his first year of eligibility.

Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk had to sweat it out, but like Belfour, they were also selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

No builders, females or officials were voted in by the Selection Committee. The induction ceremony for the Class of 2011 is Nov. 14 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

“Obviously it’s a real honor and it’s even more of an honor to be picked right away,” said Belfour, who still lives in Dallas, where he won the Stanley Cup in 1999. “I was just flabbergasted when I heard about it.”

Nieuwendyk, who is currently the GM of the Dallas Stars, has a championship link to two of his class members as he won the Stanley Cup with Gilmour in Calgary in 1989 and then with Belfour in 1999. He said the common bond with both players makes this an extra special honor.

“You always look back to what it took to go all the way and ultimately win the Cup, a lot of the pain and sweat you went through to get there, and I was fortunate to go through it with both of those guys,” said Nieuwendyk, who also won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003. “These two guys were ultimate competitors.”

Nieuwendyk also said Tuesday was a big day for the Stars’ organization with both him and Belfour getting the nod from the Hall.

via Niewendyk, Belfour, Mark Howe, Gilmour all get Hall of Fame nod – NHL.com – Hall of Fame.

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