The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the members of their 2014 Hall of Fame Class on Monday afternoon, and Bowling Green alum Rob Blake will be joining Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, and Mike Modano in this year's class, while Pat Burns and Mike McCreary were inducted into the Builder's category.
Blake, a defenseman out of Simcoe, Ontario came to Bowling Green in 1987, and played three seasons with the Falcons under head coach Jerry York. He played in 131 games, scoring 39 goals and 65 assists for 101 career points. During his three years at Bowling Green, the Falcons made the NCAA tournament in all three seasons, and won a CCHA playoff championship in his freshman year.
After a strong freshman season at Bowling Green, Blake was selected in the fourth round of the 1988 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. After the completion of his junior season, Blake was signed by Los Angeles, and jumped immediately into their line-up, playing in four regular season and eight playoff games. Blake became a mainstay on the Kings blue line throughout the '90s, serving as team captain for six seasons and was known as one of the most dangerous offensive defensemen in the league.
Blake was traded to Colorado in 2001 and helped lead the Avalanche to the 2001 Stanley Cup, scoring 19 points in the Avs 23-game rup to the Cup. Blake would play four more seasons with the Avalanche before returning to Los Angeles, and then finishing his career with the San Jose Sharks.
He finished his career with 777 points on 240 goals and 537 assists in 1270 games played, ranked 18th all-time among NHL defensemen. Blake was a three-time Olympian for Canada, winning a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City games. Blake now serves as the assistant general manager for the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Blake also appeared in the 2008 film The Love Guru, where he played himself.