The Hockey Hall of Fame waited two years between announcing classes, choosing no group of 2021 inductees due to the pandemic so it could first honor the Class of 2020 with an in-person ceremony. On Monday, the two-year wait paid off as the hall selection committee, meeting in person for the first time since 2019, inducted a large group, mixing eligible freshman names and a few that the player and the builder have been waiting for a long time. categories.
Longtime Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, 49, eligible for induction since 2017, finally got the call on Monday. During his 18-year career, he tallied 444 goals and 1,157 points, including a career-high 103 in the 2005-06 season. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1995-96, was named to the Second Team All-Star in 2005-06, won the King Clancy Trophy in 2011-12 for his community service and won the Mark Messier Leadership Award. in 2012-13. ‘Alfie’ also led the 2006 gold medal-winning Swedish Olympic team in scoring. From his debut in 1995-96 to his final season with the Detroit Red Wings in 2013-14, only four players had more points than Alfredsson.
Luongo, 43, earned the Hall call Monday as an eligible freshman after a prolific career in which he was consistently one of the league’s top goaltenders. A three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and two-time Second Team All-Star, Luongo is fourth on the NHL’s all-time winning list with 489 and ninth in save percentage at .919. He was the official goaltender when Canada won Olympic gold at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 and backed the Vancouver Canucks to just one victory from their first Stanley Cup in 2010-11.
Sallinen, 49, becomes the first Finnish player inducted into the Hall after a dominant career in which she was often overlooked compared to her more high-profile Canadian and American rivals. Not only did she lead the 1998 Nagano Olympics in scoring, but she was a mainstay of Finnish national teams for several decades and, remarkably, returned to international competition after a 12-year hiatus and helped Finland to winning a medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics when she was in her mid-40s. She is one of the greatest forwards in women’s hockey history.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin, 41, drafted back-to-back from the Canucks in 1999, had to enter the Hall together. It would have been strange if they hadn’t. As twins and teammates, they forged, arguably, the most telepathic bond between teammates in professional hockey history, both racking up over 1,000 points and leading some dominant Canucks teams. Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer in 2009-10 and won the Hart Trophy as MVP that same season, while Daniel captured the scoring crown the following season and won the award Ted Lindsay for Most Outstanding Player as voted by players. Their complementary styles – Henrik the playmaker, Daniel the scorer – made them perfectly suited linemates. Remarkably, the enduring Sedin have finished just 24 games and 29 points clear in their career.
In the builder category, the fight to honor Herb Carnegie finally paid off with a posthumous induction, 10 years after his death in 2012. While Willie O’Ree is famous for breaking the NHL color barrier in 1958 , Carnegie was the first black hockey superstar. , dominating the senior tours in the days before O’Ree’s, playing on four Allan Cup teams. Carnegie had the talent to be a dominant NHL player, but was banned from competition at the time because of his race. According to the accounts of several NHL Hall of Famers, Carnegie had the skills to be a star in his day if any NHL team gave him a chance. He also founded one of Canada’s first hockey schools, Future Aces, in 1955 after his playing career. On Monday, Carnegie finally gets long-awaited recognition for his contribution to hockey history.
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