Seeking Candidates for the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame Class

The 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame class is going to be loaded.

After a year and a half of waiting, the class of 2020, which included Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Ken Holland and Kim St. Pierre, were finally inducted into the Hall on Monday evening.

The HHOF decided not to have a class of 2021 so the class of 2020 could have their day in the sun. The class of 2020 was said to have been enshrined in the Hall last November, but the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled.

So here we are now with two years of qualifying first-time players along with a long list of usual suspects awaiting a call from Lanny McDonald.

Let’s see what the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame class could look like …

First-time eligible players …

Henrik and Daniel Sedin

The Sedin twins were drafted together, played their entire careers together, retired their jerseys together in Vancouver and will enter the Hall of Fame together.

Truly one of the most unique duos in hockey history, the Canucks drafted Henrik and Daniel Sedin with second and third picks overall in the 1999 NHL Draft. It took them a while to adjust to the North American game, but the two dominated the NHL for a decade after the 2004-05 lockout.

Daniel Sedin has played 1,306 games and scored 393 goals and 1,041 points. He won the Art Ross Trophy with a performance of 104 points in 2010-11 and also received the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league’s most outstanding player as voted by the NHL Players Association.

Henrik Sedin played 1,330 games and scored 240 goals and 1,070 points. He won the Art Ross Trophy after scoring 112 points in 2009-10 and was awarded the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP.

Both Sedins won gold medals at the 2006 Olympics with the Swedish team.

Roberto Luongo

Next year’s class could certainly have a major Canucks flavor.

The Sedin twins appear to be Hall of Famer locks and their former teammate Roberto Luongo could very likely join them.

Luongo played 19 seasons in the NHL and posted a save percentage of .919, the highest of any goaltender to have appeared in at least 900 NHL games. He is fourth in league history with 489 wins and ninth with 77 shutouts.

Although Luongo never won a Stanley Cup, he won two gold medals representing Canada at the Olympics.

Henrik zetterberg

Another member of this Swedish gold medalist squad who could be part of the HHOF class of 2022 is Henrik Zetterberg.

The Detroit Red Wings’ seventh-round pick in 1999, the same year as the Sedin twins, Zetterberg entered the league with a 44-point season in 2002-03. After Steve Yzerman’s retirement, Zetterberg was a key member of the next group in Detroit to carry the torch.

He scored 337 goals and 960 points in 1,082 games, all with the Red Wings, and helped the team win the 2008 Stanley Cup. Zetterberg received the Conn Smythe Playoff MVP Trophy that year. after scoring 27 points in 22 games in the Detroit race.

Meghan Duggan

Four years after leading the United States to a gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Meghan Duggan is a very good bet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Duggan has a comprehensive CV internationally. She won silver with the United States in 2010 and 2014, then helped the team win their second gold in 2018. Duggan also won seven gold medals with the United States at the Championship. hockey world, notably as captain in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

In total, Duggan played 144 games for the United States Women’s National Team from 2007 to 2018, scoring 43 goals and 78 points.

Duggan has also had an impressive college career. She scored 238 points in four seasons with the Wisconsin Badgers and helped the team win the NCAA Division I National Championship three times.

Caroline Ouellette

Carolina Ouellette is one of three players to have won at least four Olympic gold medals, along with Canadian legends Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford. Soon, she will join these two former teammates in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ouellette won Olympic gold with Canada in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, scoring nine goals and 26 points in 20 games. She is the third all-time scorer for Canada’s National Women’s Team with 242 points in 220 games, behind only Wickenheiser and Hefford.

She is also a member of the Women’s Triple Gold Club with victories at the Olympics, World Championships and the Clarkson Cup.

Could this be the year …?

Daniel alfredsson

Ottawa Senators legend Daniel Alfredsson has been Hall of Fame eligible since 2017, but he continues to be ignored.

Alfredsson has scored 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 NHL games over an 18-season career. He won the Calder Trophy for the league’s best rookie in 1996 and also won the King Clancy Trophy and the Mark Messier Award later in his career.

Although he never won a Stanley Cup, Alfredsson was a key member of Sweden’s 2006 Olympic gold medal team. He is the second-largest player of all time among Swedes in the NHL, behind only Mats Sundin, another player who has never won a Stanley Cup or major NHL award.

Patrik Elias

Czech winger Patrik Elias has a similar resume to Class of 2020 inductee Marian Hossa.

Elias holds the New Jersey Devils records with 408 goals, 1,025 points, 45 playoff goals and 125 playoff points and is second behind Jaromir Jagr in all-time NHL points among players. Czechs.

Like Hossa, Elias has never won a major award in the NHL, but he won two Stanley Cups with the Devils, which should help his case.

Alexandre mogilny

The very first Soviet player to leave the West and the very first Russian captain in NHL history has not been in the Hall of Fame for over a decade.

Alexander Mogilny entered the NHL with a 43-point season as a rookie with the Buffalo Sabers in 1989-90. A few years later, he exploded for 76 goals, tied for the league lead with rookie sensation Teemu Selanne.

Mogilny played 990 NHL games in 16 seasons and scored 473 goals and 1,032 points. He won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2000 and also won an Olympic gold medal with the Soviet Union in 1988.

If Paul Kariya is able to enter the Hall with a similar output minus a Stanley Cup, Mogliny should eventually be able to enter.

Sergei Gontchar

One defender with a case similar to Elias and Mogilny as a productive player with Stanley Cup pedigree is Sergei Gonchar, who has been ignored since 2018.

Gonchar spent 20 seasons in the NHL and scored 220 goals and 811 points in 1,301 games. He is 16th all-time NHL scorers among defensemen and ninth all-time scorers for the Russians.

Gonchar was a key member of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup team in 2009 and he also won the Cup two more times with the Penguins as a coach in 2016 and 2017.

Rod Brind’Amour

Considered one of the best two-way forwards in NHL history, Rod Brind’Amour could see his Hall of Fame record helped by his continued success as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes .

As a player, Brind’Amour has scored 452 goals and 1,184 points in 1,484 NHL games. He captained the Hurricanes until the Stanley Cup in 2006 and also won the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward in the league in 2006 and 2007.

Brind’Amour also won the Jack Adams Award in 2021 after coaching Carolina to a 36-12-8 record.

Jennifer botterill

Another Canadian women’s hockey legend, Botterill will eventually end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

She won Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2002, 2006 and 2010, and also helped her country win five gold medals at the World Championships while scoring 164 points in 162 games at the international level.

Prior to that, Botterill had an incredible college career. Botterill has twice won the Patty Kazmeier Award, which recognizes the best female college player, and she scored 340 points in 113 games for Harvard.

Carnegie Grass

A long-awaited Hall of Fame induction is the late Herb Carnegie, who died in 2012.

Carnegie had a successful career playing professionally in Quebec in the 1940s and 1950s, where he won three consecutive MVP awards. His career was marked by a dominant season of 127 points with Sherbrooke Saint-François in 1947-48.

Carnegie could have become the first black player in the NHL. The New York Rangers offered him a minor league contract after the aforementioned 1947-48 season, but he turned it down because it was for less money than he was making playing in Quebec.

After retiring from hockey in 1953, Carnegie founded the Future Aces Hockey School, one of the first hockey schools in Canada. In 1954, he wrote the “Future Aces Creed” with the aim of fostering respect, tolerance, diversity and sportsmanship among young people.

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