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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Luongo, Sedin brothers lead Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2022

But Luongo’s doubts were put to rest Monday, when Hall of Fame selection committee chairman Mike Gartner revealed a class of 2022 in which the Vancouver Canucks have a significant amount of experience.

The Luongo and Sedin twins were selected to appear in their first year of eligibility and highlight a group that also includes Daniel AlfredsonRikka Saliman and the late Herb Carnegie will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend from November 11-13 and the ceremony in Toronto on November 14.

“It’s going to make the whole experience so much more enjoyable to be a part of [the Sedins]Going through it with them, spending the ceremony and all that stuff,” Luongo said.

Candidates had to get at least 75 percent of the votes from the selection committee to be included. A maximum of four former male players, two former female players, two builders or one builder and one former referee/linesman can be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a year.

“It’s a really really humbling experience,” Luongo said. “And the best part of the whole thing is that I get to go along with two of my favorite teammates, and two of the greatest people I know in Henrik and Daniel.”

The Sedin brothers will enter the Hall of Fame 23 years after being drafted by the Canucks. Daniels was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft; Henrik remained at number 3. He played his entire 17-season career in Vancouver.

“Our goal was always to be the best player and I think we tried to help each other to do that,” Daniels said. “I think our competitive side fueled it. Every day I wanted to beat Henrik, and this has been going on since we were kids. In the end if you lost, you sucked it up and you went on and on.” Tried to be better. … I think we helped each other reach the full potential that we could have been.”

Luongo, who is fourth in a win (489) and second in games played by a goalkeeper (1044), joined the Sedins in Vancouver on June 23, 2006 in a trade with the Florida Panthers. He remained with the Canucks until he was traded back to the Panthers on March 4, 2014.

During their time together, the Canucks played 603 games and had 341 wins and 749 points, each fourth in the NHL in that period. Luongo won 252 of his wins with Vancouver, the most with a team.

The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in six of Luongo’s seven full seasons with the Cedins, including going to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, when they lost to the Boston Bruins.

Vancouver won the Presidents Trophy for scoring the most points in the regular season in 2010–11 (117) and 2011–12 (111).

“For me, that was the difference for us to get to the next level,” Henrik said of Luongo. “If you talk about a winner, it’s a boy. The way he competed in drills and games, but mostly in practice. He never took a day off, and I think a lot of players learned from it.He would play almost every game and he would stay there for practice the morning after.

“He just wanted to get better every day. So for me, he was the key for us to take it to the next level and be a contender in Vancouver.”

Sedins had a steady presence in Vancouver from 2000-2018.

Heinrich is known as one of the best passers and playmates in NHL history and is the Canucks’ all-time leader (830), points (1,070), games played (1,330), plus-minus (plus-165). ) and Shakti Play Points (369). He also had 78 points (23 goals, 55 assists) in 105 playoff games.

Heinrich won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player and the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2009–10, when he had 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists) in 82 games.

From 2000–18 Daniel had 1,041 points (393 goals, 648 assists), seventh in the NHL in that period, and 71 points (25 goals, 46 assists) in 102 Stanley Cup playoff games. His 393 goals are the first in Canucks history, and he is second behind 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 Award (given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players Association) in 2010–11, when he had 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists). ,

“He was never in a bad mood, no matter what happened, he was always upbeat,” Luongo said. “What I think made him extraordinary and a leader, he was accountable. When the team wasn’t performing he always had it on his back. Even if he had three goals, he could see the game in the media as his own. Should put on shoulders and they will take responsibility for it. It took a lot of pressure off other people. They took a lot of heat for it sometimes, but they were such people. They carried it on their shoulders. It shows great leadership.

“They are great teammates, everyone loved them. They are great people.”

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Alfredsson was a teammate in the Swedish national team with Sedins. He won a gold medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics and finished second at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Henrik and Daniel also won the 2013 World Championships with Sweden.

“It’s amazing to me to be able to go through his entire career for him and not be an enemy,” Alfredson said.

Alfredson had 1,157 points (444 goals, 713 assists) in 1,246 games during an 18-season NHL career with the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings from 1995–2014. Selected by the Senators in the sixth round (number 133) of the 1994 NHL Draft, he is their all-time leader in goals, assists and points, and second in games played (1.178) behind Chris Phillips (1,179). He played 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with Ottawa before ending his career with Detroit in 2013–14.

Alfredson won the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year in 1995–96, when he had 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) in 82 games for the Senators.

“It’s such an honor,” Alfredson said. “To be able to play this game for a living is such a privilege that I would without question play for fun for the rest of my life. To be able to make a living, to be able to play in front of thousands of fans To have and be recognized as such, it’s really humbling.”

Solinen, who would be the first Finnish-born female player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, had 514 points (240 goals, 274 assists) in 227 Finnish Elite League games. The former forward was the oldest hockey player to be awarded an Olympic medal (44), when Finland finished third at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

Carnegie participated in four Allen Cup teams in the 1940s. He led the Quebec Aces to the Alexander Cup in 1952 as the Canadian Semi-Pro Champion. After retiring in 1952, Carnegie worked to diversify the game of hockey until his death in 2012.

“So many people wanted this for my father,” said his daughter, Bernice Carnegie. “So many people wanted it, and it’s honestly going to make a lot of people happy, because they believed in everything my father did over the years. But I still can’t believe it.

“Amazing. I just want to cry. It’s so wonderful.”

NHL.com staff writer William Douglas contributed to this story

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