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Doug Gilmour made everyone better

Updated: November 11, 2011, 2:01 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

Doug Gilmour had to wait a few years to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

And that was fitting, really, given how it all began for him.

"Very much so," Gilmour told ESPN.com last Friday.

Undrafted in his first year of NHL eligibility -- teams were worried about his size -- Gilmour spent his entire career having to prove people wrong.

So the fact he had to wait eight years after his retirement from an All-Star career certainly fits the story of a never-say-die player ...

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