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Barrasso Picked for Hall of Fame; Gonchar Passed Over



Tom Barrasso

Former Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso is in the Hockey Hall of Fame’s seven-member Class of 2023.

Sergei Gonchar, a former defenseman and assistant coach with the Penguins, had been expected to get serious consideration for inclusion, but was not selected.

The other members of the class are longtime coach Ken Hitchcock and the late Quebec/Colorado GM Pierre Lacroix, who will enter the Hall as Builders. The other players chosen to be Honoured Members include two other goalies — Henrik Lundqvist and Mike Vernon — as well as Pierre Turgeon and Carolina Ouellette.

Barrasso won the Vezina and Calder trophies in 1983-84, when he was a rookie in Buffalo, and won Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992. He finished with 369 victories and 38 shutouts in 777 appearances in the NHL.

Mike Gartner, chairman of the 18-member Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, told TSN, a Canadian network, that Hall officials have been unable to reach Barrasso to notify him of his induction this fall.