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'Vernie' deserves serious consideration for Hall

Without Patrick Roy's numbers or Grant Fuhr's rings, will the Hall of Fame find room for Mike Vernon?

Updated: September 16, 2002, 12:23 PM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

He could've transformed Molsons into Moet, ridden the rankest bull at the Stampede for the full eight seconds and single-handedly found a way to ressurrect the moribund Canadian dollar and still Mike Vernon could never have done enough to satisfy the finicky hockey fans in Calgary. But has he accomplished enough to win over the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee?

At 39, Vernon called it a career Friday, after 19 seasons shared between four teams (the Flames, Wings, Sharks and Panthers), ...

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