Yesterday, the Hockey Hall of Fame officially inducted the Class of 2015 and it was certainly an international affair as players from four countries entered the hallowed hall of Toronto. This is the second consecutive year that this has occurred, and follows induction cases of 2011 and 2012 that had players from three different countries enter.
Representing Sweden, this year’s headliner is Swedish born Defenceman, Niklas Lidstrom, the seven time Norris Trophy winner who anchored the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cups. Lidstrom is undeniably the top Defenceman of the 2000’s and also holds a Conn Smythe Trophy in his trophy case.
Lidstrom’s longtime teammate and roommate on the road, Sergei Fedorov also got in. The Russian born star won the Hart Trophy in 1994 and is a two time recipient of the Frank J. Selke as the NHL’s top Defensive Forward. He would win three Stanley Cup Wings with the Red Wings.
The American representatives are two Defenceman. Phil Housely, and eight time NHL All Star from St. Paul, Minnesota and Angela Ruggiero, a long time defender for the U.S. women’s team.
The lone Canadian player is another blueliner in Chris Pronger who won both the Norris and Hart Trophy in 2000. The native of Dryden, Ontario would also make five All Star Teams and win the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
Hockey Hall of Fame CEO, Bill Hay and Carolina Panthers owner, Peter Karmanos Jr, rounds out the class.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to again extend our congratulations to this new class.