STORY WITH AUDIO: After 32 years, Los Angeles Kings great Rogie Vachon was named as an Honored Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 27. Read his comments and listen to an exclusive interview with him below.
LA Kings goaltending legend Rogie Vachon
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Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings Alumni Association
LOS ANGELES — As the saying goes, justice delayed is justice denied,
and on June 27, the Hockey Hall of Fame
corrected an injustice in the hockey world when they announced that former Los Angeles Kings
goaltender Rogatien “Rogie” Vachon
will be inducted as an honored member, joining Eric Lindros
and Sergei Makarov
in the Players category, on November 14 in Toronto.
Pat Quinn was elected posthumously in the Builders category.
Vachon first became eligible in 1987, but had been passed over time and time again, despite the fact that his numbers, honors and accomplishments shined brighter than so many others who had already been enshrined. So when the call came early this morning, Vachon was floored.
“I was in total shock,” he said. “All of a sudden, out of the blue, I get a call from [Hockey Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board] Lanny McDonald in Toronto, and he said, ‘congratulations. You’re in.’ I said, ‘yeah? In what?’ He said, ‘the Hall of Fame.’ I didn’t realize that he was on the Selection Committee. So he was the one who called me.”
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