The Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that Carolina Hurricanes general manager and 2005 inductee Ron Francis, KHL Jokerit general manager and 2001 inductee Jari Kurri and 2015 inductee Bob McKenzie will join the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
The trio will replace outgoing members Mike “Doc” Emmerick, 1992 inductee Lanny McDonald and 1998 inductee Peter Stastny on the Selection Committee. McDonald technically stepped down in July when he was named Chairman of the Board.
The Selection Committee votes annually on who will be inducted into the Hall for the year. Those selections include a maximum of four male players, two female players, one Builder and one referee or linesman. In the event that no referee or linesman is selected, two builders may be selected.
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The Selection Committee works toward selecting the year’s honorees based on the following criteria in each category.
Players: “Playing ability, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her team or teams and to the game of hockey in general.”
Builders: “Coaching, managerial or executive ability, or ability in another significant off-ice role, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her organization or organizations and to the game of hockey in general.”
Linesmen or Referee: “Officiating ability, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her organization or organizations and to the game of hockey in general.”
The selection committee also currently features John Davidson (chair), Scott Bowman, David Branch, Brian Burke, Colin Campbell, Bob Clarke, Eric Duhatschek, Michael Farber, Marc de Foy, Mike Gartner, Anders Hedberg, Igor Larionov, David Poile, Luc Robitaille and “Bowtie” Bill Torrey.
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