We don’t rank the players not in it, but we here at Notinhalloffame.com always have serious respect for the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame. Today they have announced that Joe Sakic, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Uwe Krupp, Angela Ruggiero and Dieter Kalt will be the Class of 2017.
Representing Canada is Joe Sakic, who entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. The native of Burnaby, British Columbia is a two time Stanley Cup Champion and a former Hart Trophy winner as a professional but he also has a decorated career representing his nation. Sakic won a Gold Medal on four different stages; the World Juniors (1988), The World Championship (1994), The Olympics (2002) and the World Cup (2004). He has 41 Points in 48 Games representing Canada.
Future Hockey Hall of Famer from Finland, Teemu Selanne has played in six Olympic Games for his country and is the all-time leading scorer with 43 Points. He has four medals from the Olympics (1 Silver and 3 Bronze) and two World Championship Medals (1 Silver and 1 Bronze). He has represented Finland in 96 Games and scored 102 Points.
Selanne will not be the only Finnish representative, as Saku Koivu was also chosen. Koivu won four Olympic Medals (1 Silver and 3 Bronze) and four medals in the World Championships, including a Gold in 1995. He has 64 Points in 89 Games representing Finland.
Uwe Krupp from Germany is his nation’s lone representative. Krupp played for West Germany in two World Junior Championships and two World Championships. In 1998, he played for Germany in the Olympics.
Angela Ruggiero of the United States is this year’s female representative. Ruggiero played in four Olympics winning 1 Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze. The Defenseman was also a part of four World Championships.
Dieter Kalt played for Austria in 14 World Championships and three Olympic Games. He currently serves as the President of the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation.
The induction ceremony will take place on May 21 in Cologne, Germany.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest IIHF Class.