Forsberg, Blake among 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

John Grieshop

Two Avalanche greats are being recognized as greats in the entire world of hockey.

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2014, a group that includes players  Rob Blake, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano and Peter Forsberg, as well as former coach Pat Burns (awarded posthumously) and referee Bill McCreary.

Peter Forsberg

Peter Forsberg played 11 of his 14 career seasons within the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise. He was drafted in 1991 6th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. In what still remains as the most lopsided trade in NHL history, Forsberg was sent to Quebec as part of the Eric Lindros deal. He quickly established himself as a stand out on a young, up-and-coming team with which he'd end up winning two Stanley Cups. While only playing a total of 708 NHL games, Forsberg racked up an impressive 885 points (249 goals, 636 assists) and became known as one of the hardest guys to play against in the history of the game. He also played in 7 All-Star games and won the Calder Trophy (1993), Hart Trophy (2003) and Art Ross Trophy (2003). In addition to his production in the NHL, Forsberg was dominate on the international stage, medaling in 9 of the 14 tournaments in which he played. He won two Olympic gold medals, scoring the medal-winner in 1994 on a penalty shot that ended up on a stamp in his native Sweden.

Forsberg officially retired from hockey in February 2011 and had his jersey raised to the Pepsi Center rafters later that year, honoring #21 for the life of the Colorado Avalanche.

Rob Blake

Rob Blake was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 4th round (70th overall) in the 1988 entry draft. He played for the Kings for  over 13 years(1989-2001) and (2006-2008), while also spending some time with the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. It was with the Avs that Blake won his Stanley Cup. After being traded to the Avs by Los Angeles, Blake became a invaluable piece of Colorado's blueline, helping to make Mission 16W a success. He was awarded the Norris Trophy in 1998 and was part of Canada's gold medal-winning team in 2002. In 1,270 NHL games, Blake finished with 240 goals and 537 assists.

Blake announced his retirement on June 18, 2010 and worked briefly for the NHL as Hockey Operations Manager. Hockey Canada hired Blake to be their General Manager for the 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. He is currently working for the Los Angeles Kings as an assistant general manager.

Perhaps his biggest contribution to the game of hockey, however, was his signature hip check, something that caused one of his body parts to be forever referenced as The Ass of Doom.

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