Nieuwendyk, Belfour, Gilmour, Howe in hockey hall

By the Associated Press | November 14, 2011 | 11:10 AM EST

FILE-This Oct. 29, 1979 file photo shows Gordie Howe (9) of the Hartford Whalers and his son and teammate Mark Howe (5) taking the puck from New York Rangers' Ron Greschner (4) in first period action at Madison Garden in New York City. Mark Howe has earned the right to join his father, Gordie, in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Howe will be inducted Monday Nov. 14, 2011 in Toronto with Ed Belfour, in his first year eligibility, Doug Gilmour and Joe Nieuwendyk. (AP Photo/File)

TORONTO (AP) — The Hockey Hall of Fame has opened its doors to four new members.

Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe were presented with rings at the hall Monday morning.

Howe was a converted defenseman whose smooth skating and crisp passing helped the Flyers twice reach the Stanley finals. Nieuwendyk was a quiet leader who won three Stanley Cups with three teams.

Belfour was a goaltender who finished his career third on the NHL's career win list. Gilmour was a heart-and-soul player who got the most out of his modest size.

Howe had been eligible for more than a decade, but now joins his superstar father in the shrine. Gordie Howe sat in the front row during Monday's ceremony.