Ray Bourque needed 22 seasons to win a Stanley Cup. His wait to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame was much shorter.
Bourque, Paul Coffey and former Washington Capitals defenseman Larry Murphy were elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday in their first year of eligibility. Former Calgary and Toronto general manager Cliff Fletcher was chosen for induction in the builders' category by the 18-member selection committee.
Bourque, who played 22 NHL seasons, holds career records for defensemen in goals (410), assists (1,169) and points (1,579). The eighth overall pick in the 1979 draft, he won the Calder trophy as the league's top rookie. Bourque won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman five times.
He helped the Bruins make the playoffs for 17 consecutive years, but Boston only made it to the finals in 1988 and '90. He finally won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with Colorado.
"It's the highest honor," Bourque said of being elected. "I got the call today and I got shivers all over."
Murphy had 85 goals and 259 assists with the Capitals from 1983 to '89 before winning four Stanley Cups, with Pittsburgh and Detroit. . . .
Office workers in button-down shirts and ties rubbed elbows with teenagers wearing championship jerseys as thousands of fans lined downtown streets at lunchtime in Tampa, celebrating the Lightning's Stanley Cup victory.
Lightning players, coaches and staff paraded through city streets in a motorcade, joined by city and county officials. Police estimated 20,000 along the parade route.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bob Knight agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep the coach at Texas Tech until 2009.
Athletic Director Gerald Myers said the agreement probably will be signed next week. Knight's contract pays him $250,000 a year and runs through May 2006.
Knight needs 48 victories to overtake Dean Smith (879) as the winningest coach in Division I.
* SOCCER: Iraq got its first victory in World Cup qualifying since last year's U.S.-led invasion, beating Taiwan, 6-1, in a game moved to Amman, Jordan.
The Iraqis had opened Asia Group Two play with 1-1 ties at Uzbekistan and against Palestine in Doha, Qatar. Midway through the second round, Iraq is 1-0-2, two points behind Uzbekistan (2-0-1), which defeated Palestine, 3-0. Japan (3-0) routed visiting India, 7-0, and South Korea (2-0-1) beat visiting Vietnam, 2-0. . . .
Josh Wolff converted a penalty kick during injury time as the visiting Kansas City Wizards defeated Colorado, 1-0, ending the Rapids' MLS-record 16-game home unbeaten streak.
* CYCLING: Lance Armstrong finished ninth to remain in fourth place in the Dauphine Libere race in France, a tuneup for his attempt at a sixth straight Tour de France title.
* OBITUARY: Bob Schmitz, a linebacker for the Steelers in the 1960s and more recently a scout for the Jets, died at age 65 in Glendale, Ariz. No cause was given.
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