Before the Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame officially welcomes six new members on Monday night. In the Players category are Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano. Coach Pat Burns will be inducted in the Builders category. Referee Bill McCreary rounds out the field.

The first Hockey Hall of Fame inductions were made in 1945, but many future Hall of Famers were already getting together in the late 1930s at informal parties hosted by future member George McNamara.

Oldtimers 1939

For more, check out my story for the Society for International Hockey Research which is posted on the SIHR Blog.

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