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ELECTIONS: 1962

The Class of 1962 was a class of legends. Soviet legend Vsevolod Bobrov joined Frankie Brimsek, Syd Howe and Milt Schmidt on the Honoured Roll.

Bobrov, a first-time eligible candidate, scored 243 goals in 130 Soviet Elite League games from 1947-57, and added 91 goals in 57 games in international play. According to Arthur Chidlovski, Bobrov's superstar status has children in the U.S.S.R. flocking to hockey.

"For people in Russia in the 1940's and 1950's, Bobrov was a household name. His talent, style and success made him the major attraction to the sports arena of that time," Chidlovski said. "He was the only person who was the captain of the national team USSR in both soccer and hockey. People followed Bobrov's hair style and there was even the so-called Bobrov's fashion style."

Bobrov, who is not honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame, marks a significant departure by our committee.

Brimsek was the original Mr. Zero and one of the first American stars in the NHL. Howe was hockey's all-time scorer when he retired, and Schmidt was the star of the Bruins' Kraut line.

Just missing was Toe Blake, who received 14 votes as a coach.

HONOURED MEMBERS:

VSEVOLOD "SEVA" BOBROV (LW)
FRANK BRIMSEK (G)
  SYD HOWE (C)
MILT SCHMIDT (C)

Here is how the final voting went:

OLDTIMERS
Bain 12
Chabot, Lorne 11
Dunderdale 11
MacKay, Mickey 11
Hall, Joe 9
Grant, Mike 8
Holmes 8
Lehman, Hugh 6
Stuart, H 6
Barry, Marty 5
McGee, Frank 5
Johansson, Lulle 3
Torriani, Richard 2

HONOURED PLAYERS
Bobrov 16
Brimsek, Frankie 16
Howe, Syd 16
Schmidt, Milt 16
Cowley, Bill 11
Kennedy, Ted 8
Stewart, Jack 5
Cook, Bun 4
Jaenecke, Gustav 2
Rayner, Chuck 1

COACHES/MANAGERS/
EXECUTIVES/REFEREES

Blake, Toe 14
Kennedy, George 13

Livingstone, Ed 13
Selke, Frank 12
Muldoon, Pete 10
Northey, William 9
Stanley, Frederick 7
Hartley 5
Calder, F 4

BUILDERS
Creighton, James 10
Blake, Toe 8
Taylor, Cyclone 8