Phil Housley inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Nashville's assistant coach is officially a Hall of Famer.

Phil Housley is officially part of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The 51-year-old assistant coach of the Nashville Predators was inducted Monday night in Toronto, introduced by Buffalo Sabres legend Pat LaFontaine. Housley spent eight of his 20 NHL seasons in Buffalo, but also made stops in Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago, and a game in Toronto.

He amassed 1,232 points in almost 1,500 games, fourth-highest among all NHL defensemen, and the Predators have been fortunate enough to have him mentoring their impressive blue line for the past three years. Players like Roman Josi, Seth Jones, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm have all blossomed under his tutelage, and continue to get better. Let's not forget he also guided young Team USA to their most recent gold medal in the 2013 World Junior Championship.

It's a well earned achievement, and perhaps a little later than some would have wanted. Congrats, coach. Here's to plenty more productive years behind the bench, and hopefully a few more chances for to finally capture the Stanley Cup.

Once again, congrats coach.