But Luongo’s doubts were put to rest on Monday, when Mike Gartner, chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee, revealed the 2022 roster that heavily features the Vancouver Canucks.
Luongo and the Sedin brothers were chosen in their first year of eligibility and mark a group that includes Daniel Alfredsson, Riikka Salinen and the late Herb Carnegie. The six new members will be honored during Hall of Fame weekend Nov. 11-13 and inducted at a ceremony in Toronto Nov. 14.
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“It will make the experience even more incredible to be able to experience this with [les Sedin] “Launched Luongo.
Applicants must receive at least 75 percent of the selection committee’s votes to secure their place in the Temple. A maximum of four former male hockey players, two former female hockey players, two builders or one builder and one former umpire/linesman may be inducted in a single year.
« It’s really an incredible experience, » said Luongo. And the best part of it all is that I’m going [être intronisé] along with two of my all-time favorite teammates, and two of the best people I know in Henrik and Daniel. »
The Sedin twins will enter the Temple 23 years after being drafted by the Canucks. Daniel was selected second overall in 1999 and Henrik third overall. They spent their entire 17 season career in Vancouver.
« Our goal has always been to be the best players we could be, and I think we tried to help us get there, » Daniel said. Our competitive side fueled this. Every day I wanted to beat Henrik. It’s been like that since we were young. In the end, if you lost, you accepted it, moved on and tried to improve. […] I think we helped each other reach our greatest potential. »
Luongo, who ranks fourth on the list of all-time winningest goaltenders (489) and second in games played (1,044), joined the Sedin in Vancouver on June 23, 2006 when he was traded by the Florida Panthers. He remained with the Canucks until he was traded to the Panthers again on March 4, 2014.
While in Vancouver, the Canucks played 603 games and posted 341 wins, good for fourth in the NHL during that streak. Luongo has 252 of his wins with the BC squad, a team high for him.
The Canucks have made the playoffs in six of Luongo’s seven full seasons in Vancouver at the same time as the Sedin. They also reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, but lost their flag in seven games against the Boston Bruins.
Vancouver won the Presidents’ Trophy, awarded to the team with the best regular season record in 2010-11 (117 points) and 2011-12 (111).
« For me, he was the one who made the difference and allowed us to reach the next level, » Henrik said of Luongo. When we talk about a winner, we talk about him. His way of competing in training and in matches, but especially in training, he never took a day off. Many players have learned from this. He played almost every game and he was just as intense the next morning in training.
“He wanted to improve every day. To me, he’s really the guy who took us to the next level of making Vancouver a contender. »
The Sedins were consistent headliners in Vancouver from 2000 to 2018.
Henrik is recognized as one of the best passers and playmakers in NHL history. He is the Canucks all-time leader in assists (830), points (1,070), games played (1,330), plus-minus (plus-165) and power-play points (396). He also added 78 points (23 goals, 55 assists) in 105 playoff games.
He won the Hart Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player to his team, as well as the Art-Ross Trophy, awarded to the league’s leading scorer, in 2009-10, when he amassed 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists ) in 82 parts.
Daniel recorded 1,041 points (393 goals, 648 assists) from 2000 to 2018, seventh in the NHL during that span, and 71 points (25 goals, 46 assists) in 102 playoff games. His 393 goals are the most in Canucks history and he ranks second to his brother in assists, points, plus-minus (plus-147), games played (1,306) and power-play points (367). ).
He won the Art-Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Trophy in 2010-11, when he had 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists).
« They were never in a bad mood, they were always upbeat no matter what, » Luongo said. What I think made them exceptional and good leaders was that they were responsible. They always took more on their shoulders when the team was not doing well. Even though they scored three goals, they took the blame in front of the reporters. It took the pressure off the other guys. They sometimes carried everything on their backs, but they were like that. It shows remarkable leadership.
“They are great teammates, everyone loves them. They are extraordinary people. »
Alfredsson played with the Sedins in the Swedish national team. They won the gold medal at the Turin Olympics in 2006 and the silver medal at those in Sochi in 2014. Henrik and Daniel also triumphed with Sweden at the World Championship in 2013.
« To have been able to go through their entire career without becoming enemies is incredible to me, » Alfredsson said of the Sedins.
Alfredsson recorded 1,157 points (444 goals, 713 assists) in 1,246 games during an 18-season career with the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings. Drafted 133rd overall in 1994, the former forward is the Senators all-time leader in goals, assists and points. He ranks second in games played behind Chris Phillips (1,179). He spent 17 of his 18 seasons with Ottawa before concluding his career with Detroit in 2013-14.
Alfredsson won the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s rookie of the year, in 1995-96 after scoring 61 points (26 goals, 25 assists) in 82 games with the Senators.
« It’s really an honor, » said the Swede. It is a privilege to be able to make a living playing hockey, a sport that I would have played for fun all my life without a doubt. To be able to make a living from that, to play in front of thousands of fans and to be recognized that way, it’s really incredible. »
Sallinen, who will become the first Finnish player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, had 514 points (240 goals, 274 assists) in 227 games in the Finnish elite league. The former striker became the oldest player to win an Olympic medal when she won bronze with Finland at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games at the age of 44.
Carnegie played for four Allan Cup teams in the 1940s. He led the Quebec As to the Alexander Cup – Canadian semi-pro champions – in 1952. After retiring in 1954, Carnegie worked to grow diversity in the hockey world until his death in 2012.
« So many people were hoping for that for my dad, » Bernice Carnegie, Herb’s daughter, said. Honestly, it’s going to make a lot of people happy, because they believed so much in everything my dad did all those years. I still can hardly believe it.
» It’s incredible. I just want to cry. It’s so amazing. »
NHL.com reporter William Douglas contributed to this article