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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lemieux Gets Swift Hall Entry

TORONTO -- Mario Lemieux and Bryan Trottier, teammates on the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992, have been elected to the North American Hockey Hall of Fame.


Edmonton Oilers general manager Glen Sather was honored in the builder's category Tuesday, with all three to be inducted Nov. 17.


Lemieux overcame Hodgkin's disease and a serious back injury during his extraordinary 12-year career. His election comes without the usual three-year wait. The Hall cited his "outstanding pre-eminence and skill'' in waiving the waiting period.


"I think it's fantastic,'' Montreal's Mark Recchi, a former linemate of Lemieux, said Tuesday. "If anybody, he deserves it. ... He made hockey in Pittsburgh.''


Trottier was brilliant in his own right. He won six Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders and Penguins during an 18-year career. He scored 524 goals and had 1,425 points in 1,279 regular-season games.


Sather, entering his 19th year as Edmonton's GM, built the Oilers into a powerhouse in the 1980s.