Ice hockey: Lindros, Makarov headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Mon Jun 27, 2016 5:48pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Canadian Eric Lindros, whose impressive National Hockey League career was cut short by injuries, and Russian standout Sergei Makarov were elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday as part of the Class of 2016.

Three-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Rogie Vachon was also selected for admission while the late Pat Quinn was selected in the Builder category after more than four decades in the NHL as a player, coach and general manager.

Lindros was drafted first overall in 1991 and spent the bulk of his 13-year NHL career with Philadelphia. His offensive talent and imposing physical presence helped him average over a point a game in the regular season and playoffs.

"I was very fortunate to have coaches, teammates, billets and parents who supported me throughout my career." said Lindros, who had 865 points in 760 NHL games. "It also takes a lot of luck to get to the NHL."

A seven-time NHL All-Star who was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 1995, Lindros also won a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics and world junior championships (1990, 1991).

Lindros, who has been eligible for induction since 2010, was one of the world's top players during his prime but was forced to retire after a series of concussions.

Makarov led the Soviet League in scoring for nine seasons, while also winning eight world championship gold medals and two Olympic gold medals.

He later joined the NHL as a member of the Calgary Flames in 1989 and went on to play in over 400 NHL games.

"For everyone who plays the game, this is the top place," said Makarov. "It will be so nice to join all of those great players."   Continued...

Philadelphia Flyers Bob Clarke (L) skates next to Eric Lindros before the start of the Flyers alumni versus the New York Rangers alumni during the first period of the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni ice hockey game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer