Hayley Wickenheiser poses for a portrait in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Canadian women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser is expected to headline the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2019 that could also include Daniel Alfredsson among the former NHL player inductees. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
FILE - In this June 20, 1999, file photo, Dallas Stars Sergei Zubov celebrates a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche to win the Western Conference finals, in Dallas. Zukov was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Tuesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2007, file photo, Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov, of Russia, is shown before an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, in Dallas. Zukov was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Tuesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2002, file photo, former NHL player Vaclav Nedomansky expresses his thanks after being inducted into the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame at Bratislava Castle, Slovakia. Nedomansky was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Rudi Blaha, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2008, file photo, Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau, center, argues a call as Guillaume Latendresse, left, and Sergei Kostitsyn, right, look on during the first-period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, in Montreal. Carbonneau was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Ryan Remiorz, File)
FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford holds the General Manager of the Year trophy after winning the award at the NHL Awards show, in Las Vegas. Rutherford was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2010, file photo, Boston College hockey coach Jerry York poses with his 2010 Lester Patrick Award trophy during a media availability in Boston. York was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 4:57 pm
Hayley Wickenheiser headlines 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class
By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer
Hayley Wickenheiser was a lock to make the Hockey Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility and is the headliner of the induction class of 2019.
The Canadian hockey star was announced as part of the six-member class Tuesday that includes former NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech hockey star Vaclav Nedomansky and sport 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 on Nov. 18 will be the seventh woman to go into the hall, joining Canadians Angela James, Geraldine Heaney, Danielle Goyette and Jayna Hefford and Americans Cammi Granato and Angela Ruggiero.
"It is richly deserved that she is one of the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame," chairman Lanny McDonald said. "When you win seven world championships as one of the key players and captain and when you win four Olympic gold medals, have a storied career both on the women's side and play on the men's side in Finland, that should tell you in itself where she was looked upon and revered by the rest of the hockey world."
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.
She was unavailable to reporters Tuesday because she was finishing up final exams at medical school.
Zubov put up 888 points in 1,232 NHL 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 and waited seven years for this call.
"Olympics, Stanley Cups — this one is truly special," Zubov said. "You realize you've done something in your life that you can be proud of."
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 was a three-time Selke Trophy winner as the league's best defensive forward.
"Just to be on the same list as guys like Jean Beliveau, Guy LaFleur and Wayne Gretzky, it's unbelievable," Carbonneau said.
Nedomansky helped Czechoslovakia earn the 1968 Olympic silver medal and the 1972 world championship. 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 and Rangers.
"When I made the decision in '74 to finish my dream, I jumped right into it and I'm so happy I did that," Nedomansky said.
Rutherford, a longtime general manager of Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins, built teams that won the Cup in 2006, 2016 and 2017. He is one of two GMs in NHL history to win the Cup with two different teams. He recalled going to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Toronto as a kid and how surreal it is to become a part of it.
"It was day where I thought, 'Man, this is really special,'" Rutherford said. "Now here I am."
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 and thought he was getting a robocall Tuesday when the Hall of Fame was trying to reach him.
"I had to sit down I was so excited," York said.
Among those passed over by the selection committee this year were Daniel Alfredsson, Jeremy Roenick, Rod Brind'Amour and Alexander Mogilny.
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