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TORONTO -- The Hockey Hall of Fame has a little bit of everything under its roof, from classic photos to vintage uniforms to old sticks and goalie masks.

Could there one day be room for a Stompin' Tom plaque, maybe a wooden stomping board or perhaps some lyric sheets to The Hockey Song?

It's possible.

Stompin' Tom Connors was on the minds of visitors to the hockey shrine Thursday, one day after word spread the Canadian music legend had died at 77. Many fans said they would support his posthumous induction in the Hall's builder category, given that Connors created one of the country's most popular hockey anthems.

"Absolutely, he's a legend," said Barbara Bilko, a women's hockey coach who visited the Hall on Thursday.

One of her players, Kaylee Chanakos of the University of British Columbia, echoed her sentiments. "The song is just everything for the game," she said.

There are three induction categories: player, referee/linesman and builder. The builder category covers coaches, managers, executives or others who have made a significant off-ice contribution to the game.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 8, 2013 A14

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