Former Canadian women’s star Hayley Wickenheiser headlines the six-player class chosen to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Former NHL players Guy Carbonneau, Sergei Zubov and Vaclav Nedomansky also were selected. Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and Boston College coach Jerry York were chosen under the builders category.
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The six will be inducted in Toronto on Nov. 18.
Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, was inducted in her first year of eligibility. She retired in 2017 and is Canada’s all-time leading women’s scorer with 168 goals, 211 assists and 379 points in 276 games.
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The 40-year-old Saskatchewan native is assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Wickenheiser is also a medical student at the University of Calgary and was writing a mandatory exam when the announcement was made. Hours later, she tweeted a response.
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“Just stepped out of a med school course to the news. A huge honor and dream come true for a little girl from Shaunavon, Sask.. Congrats to Guy,Sergei,Vaclav,Jim and Jerry. Thank you for all the kind words,” she tweeted.
Wickenheiser is the seventh woman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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Carbonneau tallied 663 points (260 goals, 403 assists) in 1,318 games with the Montreal Canadiens (1980-94), St. Louis Blues (1994-95) and Dallas Stars (1995-2000). The forward won two Stanley Cup titles with the Canadiens and one with the Stars.
“This is an honor you think about, but it’s never a sure thing,” Carbonneau said in a statement. “It is an incredible recognition and I thank the selection committee.”
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