them Hall doors wide. We need a larger podium.
Our World Wide Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to induct Honoured
Members Larry Robinson and Alexander Yakushev.
Also added to the Honoured Members, through the Oldtimers ballot,
is Gump Worsley. We've added two former members
of the Islanders front office to the Hall as well: Bill
Torrey and Brian Kilrea, who admittedly,
is better known for his junior coaching in Ottawa. And entering
as a Contributor is Soviet broadcasting legend (and lifelong icon
of our own Arthur), Nikolai Ozerov.
Ozerov was not well-known to the west, as Sweden's Patrick
Houda told us.
"I would say that Ozerov's name is only known among the old
journalists over here in Sweden. But the same thing goes for Foster
Hewitt who was almost an icon in Canadian broadcasting," Houda
"Canada had Foster Hewitt, the Russians had Nikolay Ozerov,
the Czechs had Josef Laufer and Sweden had Lennart Hyland. All helped
popularize the sport thanks to their great radio and TV broadcasts."
Arthur Chidlovski grew up in the Soviet Union, listening to Ozerov.
Chidlovski said, "Ozerov's reports from the 1972 Summit belong
to the classics of TV broadcasting. When the Soviets won the first
game in Montreal, Ozerov said that the 'myth of unbeatable
self-praised Canadian hockey professionals is over now.' "
Chidlovski added that although not intentional, Ozerov's phraseology
would sometimes send a nation of hockey fans into fits of laughter.
In 1974, the WHA played the Soviets in an lesser-known eight-game
series, won by the Russians, and Ozerov was there to broadcast the
only international tournaments played by Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe.
"Gordie Howe is a legend of Canadian hockey," said Ozerov.
"He is 46, has over 1000 scars on his body, his hair is gray
but it's still not enough for him. Life is expensive and Howe needs
money. He plays himself and forces his children to play too. His
sons, Mark and Marty, are playing for Team Canada too. Canadian
hockey pros don't wear helmets. They wear nothing. The only one
who wears anything is Bobby Hull. He wears a wig."
That was enough to convince several of the North Americans on the
committee that Foster Hewitt wasn't the only person who had hickey
fans turned on and tuned into the radio.
Another who made the Hall was Lorne Worsley. A lot of the committee
members felt there were too many Original Six goalies already selected,
but Karl-Eric Reif made a plea, which he termed Stumpin' For
"To me, at least, there's not a single more worthy candidate
in the Honoured Players category on the current ballot than Gump
Worsley. Sure, it's easy to sneer at that assertion if you buy only
his reputation as colourful and 'roly-poly' but then
look no further and simply dismiss him as 'another journeyman
"Such, perhaps, is the inevitable legacy of a great goalie
playing the best years of his career behind perennially godawful
teams in a town where hockey barely registers as an afterthought,
and finishing up in his 40s with an expansion team," Reif
Reif added that Worsley won four Stanley Cups in five years with
the Canadiens, "I would venture that during the many years
in which all of them were playing as contemporaries, Worsley ranked
just a shade behind only Bower and Plante, and easily on a par with
both Sawchuk and Hall."
There were three others with 14 ballots who just missed being
Here are the final results:
Worsley, Gump 16
Howell, Harry 14
Laperriere, Jacques 14
Mantha, Sylvio 11
Pulford, Harvey 11
Reardon, Ken 11
Ullman, Norm 9
Robinson, Larry 19
Yakushev, Alexander 15
Clarke, Bobby 13
Maltsev, Alexander 11
Gainey, Bob 10
Vasiliev, Valery 9
Esposito, Tony 8
Lapointe, Guy 7
Nedomansky, Vaclav 4
Simmer, Charlie 1
Corsi, Jim 0
Hagman, Matti 0
Linseman, Ken 0
Liut, Mike 0
Pouzar, Jaroslav 0
Tonelli, John 0
Torrey, Bill 17
Kilrea, Brian 15
Boucher, Frank 11
Sather, Glen 7
Brabham, Henry 3
Kelly, Pat 0
Ozerov, Nikolay 16
Young, Scott 14
Conway, Russ 7
Hansen Brothers 5
Dryden, Ken 4
McGregor, Roy 3
Pollock, Sam 12
Selke, Frank 11
Tretiak, Vladislav 10
Blake, Toe 9