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Hall of Fame

By: AP
By: AP

Ray Bourque needed 22 seasons to win a Stanley Cup, but he didn't have to wait nearly as long to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy were elected to the Hall of Fame today in their first year of eligibility.

Bourque played 22 N-H-L seasons, retiring with the Colorado Avalanche. He holds career records for defensemen in goals, assists and points.

He helped the Bruins make the playoffs for 17 consecutive years, but didn't win the Stanley Cup until 2001 with Colorado.

Bourque says he got ``shivers all over'' when he was notified of his selection.

Colorado Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix (luh-KWAH') calls Bourque a ``model inductee,'' and says it's only proper that
the hockey world acknowledge his achievements.


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