06/25 15:10 CDT Hayley Wickenheiser headlines 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class
Hayley Wickenheiser headlines 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Hockey Writer
Canadian women's star Hayley Wickenheiser was elected to the Hockey Hall of
Fame in her first year of eligibility.
Wickenheiser headlines the 2019 class announced Tuesday that includes former
NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech hockey star Vaclav
Nedomansky and builders Jim Rutherford and Jerry York.
In 79 international games over 21 seasons, Wickenheiser recorded 58 goals and
88 assists for 146 points. She won four Olympic gold medals, seven world
championship golds, one Olympic silver and six world championship silvers.
Wickenheiser won three Women's World Hockey League titles and a Canadian
Women's Hockey League title. She was invited by the Philadelphia Flyers to
training camp in 1998 after the Nagano Olympics, and Wickenheiser is currently
assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Zubov put up 888 points in 1,232 NHL regular-season and playoff games for the
Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers and won the Stanley Cup
twice. The Russian defenseman also won the 1992 Olympic gold medal and 1989
world junior gold medal.
"Deep down in my heart I am so glad to receive this honor," said Zubov. "It has
been my pleasure to have been involved in hockey all of my life."
Carbonneau was a teammate of Zubov's on the 1999 NHL champion Stars and also
won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and 1993. He's a
three-time Selke Trophy winner as the league's best defensive forward.
Nedomansky helped Czechoslovakia earn the 1968 Olympic silver medal and win the
1972 world championships. He was the first player to defect from the other side
of the Iron Curtain, started in the World Hockey Association and went on to
record 278 points in 421 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues
Rutherford, a longtime general manager of Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes
and Pittsburgh Penguins, built teams that won the Cup in 2006, 2016 and 2017.
"I started my career in Beeton, 50 miles north of the Hall of Fame, never
dreaming that I would once be in it," said Rutherford. "I've traveled lots of
miles in hockey and met so many great people along the way."
York coached Bowling Green and Boston College to five national titles and has
the most wins of any active NCAA Division I men's hockey coach. He said he was
flabbergasted by his election to the Hall.
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