Stastny and Goulet to the Hall Of Fame

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The Hockey Hall Of Fame inducted Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet, teammates from the Quebec Nordiques, as this year's new entries. Other players nominated were former Chicago Blackhawk Bill White, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon and Pittsburgh Penguin Vic Hadfield.

Stastny was the 1980-81 NHL rookie of the year and he went on to score 450 goals in 15 seasons for Quebec, New Jersey and St. Louis. He retired after the 1995 season and currently is a scout for the Blues.

"It's overwhelming, but humbling," Stastny said.

The way Stastny made it to the NHL was straight from a spy novel. Stastny, his pregnant wife and brother Anton fled then-Czechoslovakia at night, sneaking over the border to freedom.

Stastnys later raised money to Bribe their third brother, Marion, out of Czechoslovakia. The three were a hit in Quebec and briefly played on the same line.

"As a fan base, it was unbelievable," said Stastny. "Through good years and bad years there would be 90 to 100 per cent capacity season after season and I just hope that maybe somewhere in the future, there might be a ray of hope in getting the NHL back to Quebec."

Goulet played 15 seasons in the NHL with Quebec and Chicago scoring 548 goals and is currently ranked 16th on the NHL's career list. Goulet retired after a head injury in 1994 and is now now the director of player personnel for Colorado.

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