Former King Vachon elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that former Los Angeles Kings great Rogie Vachon has been elected to this year’s class of inductees.

Vachon, a goaltender, is the father of Los Angeles Jr. Kings coach Nick Vachon; father-in-law of Renee Vachon, who leads many of the Jr. Kings’ fundraising efforts; and grandfather of Calvin, a 2005-born goaltender who plays for the Jr. Kings.

Rogie Vachon joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1966 and won three Stanley Cups in his first six NHL seasons. After being traded to the Kings in 1971, he continued his stellar career for 11 more seasons before retiring to become an NHL coach and executive.

“I was very lucky to play for the Montreal Canadiens at the start of my career,” said Vachon. “My first shot on net was a breakaway by Gordie Howe; I stopped it and it kept me in the league for 16 more years.”

Other named in the Players Category of this year’s Hall class were Eric Lindros and Sergei Makarov; Pat Quinn was named in the Builder Category.

The 2016 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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