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Welcome to the WHL Hall of Fame!

Sunday, July 7, 2003
WHL announces first Hall of Fame inductees.

Today is a big day in the WHL. The Hall of Fame opens today and there are 5 people being inducted into the all new hockey shrine. The voting was held last week and in order to qualify for the Hall the nominees had to receive 50% of the votes. This year's inductees are Dale Hawerchuk, Steve Chiasson, Joe Mullen, Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Nash.

Players

Dale Hawerchuk

Dale Hawerchuk played in three WHL seasons, and in the post season in all three years. In 211 regular season games, Dale registered 45 goals and 93 assists. He was the 99th player selected into the WHL Original Draft. "It is an honor to be one of the first player selected to join the Hall of Fame. Everybody selected today deserves this and I'm proud to be apart of it," said Hawerchuk.

Look at Dale Hawerchuk's Career Record

Steve Chiasson

Steve Chiasson had his career ended prematurely as he died tragically on May 3rd 1999. Steve played four years in the WHL all with the Edmonton Vikings. Steve played in one All-Star game registering 1 goal and 1 assist for the Campbell Conference. His career lasted 288 games, in which he had 24 goals and 135 assists. He is the first defenseman to retire with over 150 career points. The Edmonton Vikings organization immediately retired his number 21 after he tragically passed away.

Look at Steve Chiasson's Career Record

Joe Mullen

Joe Mullen played three WHL seasons. Joe is a 2 time WHL All-Star. Mullen played in 208 games. He had a total of 70 goals and 100 assists. He is one of the first players to retire with over 150 points. Mullen is the first American player inducted into the hockey shrine. He is currently working in the Winnipeg IceDogs organization. "This is amazing, when I first started playing hockey I never dreamed I'd even become a pro player. Now I'm in the Hall of Fame, this is one of the most memorable moments in my life. To be joined in the Hall with guys like Hawerchuk, Chiasson, Gretzky and Nash is amazing" said Mullen.

Look at Joe Mullen's Career Record

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is arguably the best player ever to lace up the skates. Wayne was the 30th player to be selected into the WHL Original Draft. Wayne played in four seasons, capturing the Bill Masterton trophy once and playing in 3 post seasons. Gretzky player in 288 games scoring 106 goals and 147 assists. He is the first player to finish his career with over 250 points and the first player to finish his career with over 100 goals and over 150 assists. Gretzky is also one of the best playoff performers in the History of the WHL despite not winning the Cyber Cup; Wayne had 50 points in 43 playoffs games including 4 game winning goals. Wayne had his jersey #99 retired by two different organizations, the Rocky Mountain Express and the Waterloo Lunatics. He is currently working in the Express organization.

Look at Wayne Gretzky's Career Record

General Managers, Coaches and Builders

Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash is the man that started it all. Kevin started the WHL in October 1995, as a side project beside his main focus, the KHL (Kevin's Hockey League). Eight years later the league is still going strong. Due to personal circumstances, Kevin had to resign from his Commissioner position after just 19 games, but remained as a GM until the start of WHL2 (October 1996). Without Kevin Nash there would be no WHL.