Seen and heard at the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions


TORONTO -- As usual, the big names came out to celebrate hockey's biggest names. An impressive group walked the red carpet on Sunday night, Hollywood style, to honor the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
This class was highlighted by best -- if unlikely -- hockey friends in Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne. The former teammates had plenty of time to gush about each other -- and some playful jabs snuck in as well. Also honored were Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi, Clare Drake, Jeremy Jacobs and Danielle Goyette.
Snippets of what we overheard over the weekend:
"It's a big night for Finland." -- Edmonton Oilers legend Jari Kurri, who, until the induction of Selanne, was the only Finnish player in the Hockey Hall of Fame
"Last two nights have been something. Can't wait for Teemu to get out of town. These Finns haven't changed." -- former NHL player Tie Domi on the weekend's, uh, festivities
"We will always be brothers, in this life and the next." -- Kariya, thanking Selanne in his speech
"It was minus-28 Celsius in Winnipeg. My first morning in Anaheim, I'm having breakfast outside, it's plus-28. I looked up and said, 'Thank you.'" -- Selanne reflecting on a career with many diverse stops
"I couldn't stand him. He was a nightmare to have as a player. ... No, he was a great. He was a wonderful kid, always happy, always upbeat, which is a great asset for a hockey team." -- current Calgary Flames president Brian Burke, talking about Selanne. Burke served as GM of the Ducks during Selanne's playing days.
"I don't feel like I disappeared. Ninety-five percent of my friends are hockey players, coaching hockey, in hockey. When those guys are in town, we go to dinner, and all we do is talk about hockey. I've never felt separated from the game for one bit. ... It's more been me being a private person and being out of the spotlight." -- Kariya, who has been out of the hockey spotlight until this weekend