Dallas Stars

Ed-die's Bet-ter ... Clap-Clap-CLAPCLAPCLAP!

We've seen the Rangers in the World Series and the Mavs win the NBA Finals, and on Tuesday I was reminded just how great a Stanley Cup run can be when former Stars' goalie Ed Belfour and current GM Joe Nieuwendyk were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

They'll officially be inducted into the Hall November 14 in Toronto.

When Jason Terry hit the long 3-pointer over LeBron James to clinch Game 5 of The Finals it's the loudest I've ever heard American Airlines Center. But still the most frenzied building I've experienced was Reunion Arena during Game 7 of the Stars-Avalanche '99 Western Conference Finals.

From the outset the Stars were more aggressive and Belfour thoroughly outplayed Colorado counterpart Patrick Roy. During the third period fans serenaded both with "Ed-die's Better!" Still get chills.

I know, with the current state of the Stars -- a new, no-name coach, no owner and a star player in Brad Richards who'll be the most coveted player when NHL free agency commences Friday  -- we don't have much these days. But we'll always have '99.

Belfour, a two-time Vezina Trophy winner as the league's top goalie, posted 484 wins -- third on the NHL career list -- and 76 shutouts during a 17-year career during which he played for Chicago, San Jose, Dallas, Toronto and Florida.

Nieuwendyk won the Stanley Cup with three different teams and finished with 564 career goals. Of course he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup MVP in '99.

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Richie Whitt
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