Morning Free Association: HHOF Class of 2022

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On Monday, the Hockey Hall of Fame Select Committee announced this years class to be inducted into the HHOF. Former Canucks Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins all got in on their first year of eligibility.

Other inductees include longtime Ottawa Senator, Daniel Alfredsson, multiple medal winner for Team Finland, Riikka Sallinen, and the late great Herb Carnegie.

Honestly, I’m more fascinated with the inductions of of Riikka Sallinen and Herb Carnegie than the others.

Sallinen won bronze medals in Nagano (1998) and Pyeongchang (2018) concluding her playing career after the Women’s Worlds of 2019. Did you know there’s a women’s league in Finland? I didn’t until I found out she played 11 seasons in it in addition to Team Finland duties. She’s only the second woman to be inducted to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 and only the third Finn to be elected to the HHOF behind Jari Kurri (2001) and Teemu Selänne (2017). She’s a physical therapist in practice with her husband, an osteopath. Her specialty is working with disabled persons.

Herb Carnegie passed away in 2012 after a long successful career in investments after a career in hockey. In 1948 was offered a tryout and amateur deal to play in the New York Rangers system which he refused because it was for less money than he was already making. Had he accepted the offer, he would have been the first black player to break the color barrier in the NHL. Carnegie played a lot of hockey in professional leagues and after retiring founded a hockey school called Future Aces, which focused on preaching respect, diversity, and sportsmanship among it’s players.

When we say hockey is for everyone, it’s the play of the latter two players which states that better than the careers of NHL players.

In HHOF news closer to home: the 2002 Olympic gold winning men’s sledge hockey team will also be inducted into the HHOF. That team was coached by the Bruins’ own Rick Middleton.

You may remember that some members of that team were at Nifty’s number retirement ceremony a few years back.

Congrats to all!

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Oh, the HHOF 2022 inductees…. of note, Sallinen and Carnegie never needed their tires pumped and were never punching bags for B rad

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Morning all. Luongo’s twitter deserves to go into the Hall of Fame.

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She did do a victory lap around the apartment after Vana left.

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Cats rule, dogs drool… at least that’s what I’m told.

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that’s what I’m told

.that’s what you’re told…

by cats…

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We have been binging the Brokenwood Mysteries… yeah, we love murder. New Zealand series that features a detective who loves country music. Most of the soundtrack is Tami Nelson and her brother Something Neilson. Great stuff!

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Ooo, that sounds good!

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Good morning!
Yes, the induction of Sallinen and Carnegie are great indicators of how the sport we love is growing. Sled hockey, as well. All the emotions of hockey are multiplied in sled hockey. I was lucky enough to ref a bunch of it. Awe inspiring stuff.
Jo has no fever for the first time in ten days… Yay! She’s still tired, but coming around. A lil more TLC ought a get her there.

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Oof, sounds like Jo’s had it rough. Glad she’s getting better now.

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Yup, Jo had it tough, but we are glad we didn’t get it two years ago when Covid meant hospitalization. She was mostly sleepy and weak. Not terrible

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C’mon, Jo! Kick that mofo illness!

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Yeah, it’s good to see less prominent corners of the hockey world getting some love from HHOF. This has been happening for a few years now, but it doesn’t get a lot of notice in ‘murica. There’s a lot of fun hockey that we just don’t see, but Canada, being overly excited about the sport, regularly gets much more of this on their TV feeds, and can appreciate it better. I think this is one of the things I like about the Winter Olympics – you get to see a bit of women’s hockey and sled hockey (tho’ I think the latter is probably only in the Paralympic Games the following week?) and you get to see players from other leagues like the NCAA, KHL, SHL, DEL, etc.

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International competition is great! Even the casual Snoopy Cup was so much more interesting when teams from outside the USA and were competing. Apres game was so great, sharing cold ones with people from halfway around the world, only because hockey… absolutely priceless!!!

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Jo needs some more banana bread!! My cohost could use some as well. He tested positive again yesterday.

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Sound’s like your co-host needs an environmental suit!

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And to stay out of Lowell, MA. Then again, everyone should stay out of Lowell, MA.

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Lowell is New England’s cesspool. Do not go there!

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Pretty sure COVID started in the canals!

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Jo will not eat my “special” banana bread…. not sure why as she is sleeping away the days anyhow…. \_0_/

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This year our garden is really producing! Lots of flowers on the squash and tomatoes!!! Woo hoo!