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.
Best line in hockey
— Strombone (@strombone1) June 27, 2022
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.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 27, 2022
You may remember that some members of that team were at Nifty’s number retirement ceremony a few years back.
Congrats to all!