Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. All three were defensemen and all three are now 43 years old.
Bourque and Coffey were no brainers but did Larry Murphy deserve to get in? I suppose he does if you look at some of the others in the Hall but I've long believed the bar should be raised. Players like Bernie Federko were great but not worthy of this esteemed honour. Larry Murphy was a gifted offensive defenseman who finished his career with 929 assists and only a dozen others can claim that feat. Still, his years in Toronto were so underwhelming I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to Murphy. At least another Leaf is in the Hall of Fame!