‘‘That’s the kind of the guy I am — a little bit understated,’’ said Oates. ‘‘Actually Joe (Sakic) said it this morning: We’re all understated guys, believe it or not.’’
Bure’s career was ended prematurely because of knee injuries and he only ended up playing 702 NHL games, just slightly less than half as many as Sundin, Sakic and Oates. But he made the most of what time he had by scoring 437 goals.
He never dreamed he'd find a plaque with his name in the Hall and spoke with emotion during his induction speech.
‘‘I think it’s the biggest achievement you can get in hockey,’’ said Bure. ‘‘The selection committee combines everything you've done for hockey worldwide, so for me it’s a huge honor. It feels great.’’
For now, hockey at its highest level remains on hold.
Sakic works as an adviser to the Colorado Avalanche and is as anxious as anybody to see the NHL resume. Looking back, the pain of sitting out an entire season quickly went away when a new CBA was signed.
‘‘I remember coming back that next training camp I was pretty excited to be back and playing the game,’’ said Sakic. ‘‘You realize how much you miss the game.’’