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MacInnis Inducted In Hockey Hall of Fame
Chris Pinkert | St. Louis Blues Online

 Blues in the Hall of Fame
Al MacInnis - 2007
Scott Stevens - 2007
Grant Fuhr - 2003
Bernie Federko - 2002
Dale Hawerchuk - 2001
Joe Mullen - 2000
Wayne Gretzky - 1999
Peter Stastny - 1998
Guy Lapointe - 1993
Jacques Plante - 1978
Glenn Hall - 1975
Dickie Moore - 1974
Doug Harvey - 1973

 
Nov. 12, 2007 -  Al MacInnis never imagined that shooting pucks at a beat up piece of plywood would one day lead him to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But it did.

With not much else to do in Cape Breton Island, MacInnis would often help his father take care of a nearby ice rink in town. At night, the two of them would clean up, shut off the lights and lock the doors until morning. While his dad went through the nightly routine, MacInnis would walk around the rink’s parameter, picking up pucks that sailed over the glass. Each time he visited the rink with his father, he took home a few more. By the end of hockey season, he had amassed nearly a hundred pucks with which he could practice his shot.

As spring came, the weather warmed up and the ice rink closed down. MacInnis spent hours each day standing near his family’s barn, shooting pucks at a sheet of plywood that by the end of the summer, had taken quite a beating.

“That’s some of the stuff you reflect on when you’re thinking about the Hockey Hall of Fame and how fortunate you are. There were times where there were blisters on my hands where I couldn’t hold a stick the next day,” MacInnis said. “I was just doing it to pass time. Never did I think it would end up getting me into the Hall of Fame.”  ...more

Previous Feature: Hall Doors to Open For MacInnis (June 29, 2007)


MacInnis By the Numbers:
1,416 Games Played, 340 Goals, 934 Assists, 1,274 Points
Stanley Cup (1989), Conn Smythe (1989), Olympic Gold Medal (2002), Norris Trophy (1999)


A Retrospective: Al MacInnis
MacInnis' career spanned 23 NHL seasons, 12 All-Star games and concluded on Apr. 9, 2006 when the Blues retired his No. 2 to the Scottrade Center rafters. Take a look at this photo gallery that looks back at his illustrious career. ...more
 
Al MacInnis Videos
Take a look back at Al MacInnis' Hall of Fame career by watching these videos, exclusively on Blues TV.

Hall of Fame Induction Speech 700K
Highlights 1 700K
Highlights 2 700K
Kelly/Federko Discuss MacInnis 700K
MacInnis Tribute Video 700K

 Al MacInnis Links
 Retired Numbers Biography
 Complete Career Statistics
 MacInnis Chosen As Sportsman of the Year
 Feature: Hall Doors to Open for MacInnis
 BluesCast: Bergevin on MacInnis Induction 
 Podcast: MacInnis Talks Hall of Fame
 Downloadable MacInnis PDF



 
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