Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022 – Possible Canucks Sweep?
The four male players elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2022 could be former Canucks.
On Monday, the Hockey Hall of Fame finally inducted its Class of 2020, an honor delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Doug Wilson, Kevin Lowe and Kim St-Pierre were inducted as players, while Ken Holland entered as builder.
Without a Class of 2021, there will be a stacked class of eligible players for 2022.
Only one player who has spent more than three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks is in the HHOF – Pavel Bure, who was inducted in 2012. Beyond Bure, there are four other players in the Hall who have had briefs. stints with the Canucks but are best known for their accomplishments with other teams: Igor Larionov, Cam Neely, Mark Messier and Mats Sundin.
But Bure could be joined by four more Canucks shortly.
Each year, up to four male and two female players can be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Among the eligible hockey players, Caroline Ouellette and Jeniffer Botterill seem locks. Ouellette has four Olympic gold medals, six world championship gold medals and a Clarkson Cup with the Montreal Stars, making her one of the few members of the Triple Gold Club among women. She was the first player in CHL history to reach 300 points and is the league’s all-time top scorer.
Jennifer Botterill, meanwhile, has three Olympic golds and five world championship golds and has been a team MVP twice at the world championships. She also dominated college hockey, scoring 157 goals and 340 points in 113 games. She holds the NCAA records for most goals per game and points per game in a career with a wide margin, as well as the record for most points in a single game with 10.
On the men’s side, however, the four players likely to be inducted are a bit more up in the air. At the front of the pack, however, are four former Canucks.
Are the Sedins Hall of Fame members in the first round?
The first are Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who were eligible for the first time this year, but that eligibility has been pushed back to next year due to the delay of the 2020 class.
The Sedins are each right to make HHOF based on their individual merits. Henrik was twice on the first all-star team, while Daniel was once on the first all-star team and once on the second all-star team.
Those nods from the All-Star team are one of the most important criteria for making Hall, because they indicate that a player was, at least for this season, the best or second best player in the NHL. at his post. The two years the Sedins formed all-star teams were also the years they won back-to-back Art Ross trophies as the league’s top scorer.
Daniel and Henrik each have a different major award. Henrik won the Hart Trophy as the League’s Most Valuable Player, while Daniel won the Ted Lindsay Award as the League’s Best Player as voted by the players.
They have also each collected 1,000 career points – a milestone – and are each among the top 100 scorers in NHL history. Daniel is also just outside the top 100 of all-time goals scored.
Besides their performance on the ice, they were great people off the ice. Henrik won the King Clancy Award in 2016 for his leadership and humanitarian contributions to his community, then the two Sedins shared the award in 2018. Henrik is the only player in NHL history to receive the King Clancy at two times.
Beyond their individual merits, of course, there is the unique element of the Sedins being identical twins, who have spent their entire careers playing on the same row for the same team. They brought new innovations to the game with the way they pedaled and passed the puck, revolutionizing the way offensive zone puck possessions are played. Their story is very unique and should be celebrated.
How could they not come into the room?
Roberto Luongo has incredible career numbers
Due to the postponement of the 2020 class to 2021, the Sedins’ delayed first year of eligibility will coincide with the first year of one of their former teammates: Roberto Luongo.
Luongo’s case for HHOF is rock solid. Sadly, the things he misses are the things some HHOF voters enjoy the most: Stanley Cups and individual awards.
In terms of individual awards, Luongo was a two-time second-team all-star and shared the William M. Jennings award for the league’s lowest goals against average with his replacement, Cory Schneider, in 2010- 11.
Those two nods from the second all-star team diagnose the problem: even in his best seasons, he was considered the league’s second-best goalie, finishing behind Martin Brodeur for the first-team all-star over the course of these two years. As a result, he never won the Vézina as the league’s best goalkeeper.
Luongo had the Vezina stolen in 2004, when he had an outstanding .931 save percentage while playing 72 games for a terrible Florida Panthers team, setting a modern NHL record for the most. large number of stops in one season. It is arguably one of the best seasons a goalkeeper has ever played.
He sort of finished third in the Vezina vote, with Brodeur and his save percentage of .917 taking the prize. It remains one of the worst awards rebuffs in NHL history.
The snub of 2007 is somehow even more difficult to accept. Luongo finished second at the Hart Trophy, voting behind Sidney Crosby as the league’s MVP for leading a mediocre Canucks team to the playoffs. Somehow he still finished second behind Brodeur for the Vezina.
Beyond these individual rebuffs, however, Luongo’s career numbers make him a lock for the HHOF.
Luongo is the second all-time NHL goaltender in games played – behind Brodeur, naturally – and is fourth all-time in wins, ninth all-time in shutouts and second for most career stoppages. Among retired goalkeepers, Luongo has the sixth-best save percentage of all time.
In addition to his NHL career numbers, Luongo’s international success helps his case. He won Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014, from medal matches in 2010. He also has two gold medals at the World Championships and one gold medal at the World Cup.
Luongo is expected to be a first-round Hall of Fame member and he is expected to enter alongside the Sedins.
There is another former Canuck who should join them.
Alex Mogilny was an incredible goalscorer and pioneer
At this point, it’s laughable that Alex Mogilny isn’t already in the HHOF. It starts with his incredible play on the ice, but his impact on the sport goes beyond the rink.
Mogilny was a second all-star team twice, including once as Canuck in the 1995-96 season when he tallied 55 goals and 107 points. His most impressive achievement, however, was the first time he made an All-Star team in the playoffs, when he scored 76 goals in 77 games to lead the NHL in goals.
Sadly, the NHL had yet to present the Rocket Richard Award for NHL’s top scorer, so Mogilny went without an individual trophy until he won the Lady Byng Award in 2003.
Mogilny broke the 1,000-point mark, totaling 1,032 points in just 990 career games. It sits just outside the top 50 all-time goals scored with 473 and is considerably higher if you look at goals per game. Among players with at least 500 games played, Mogilny is 29th in goals per game.
Mogilny won a Stanley Cup in 2000 with the New Jersey Devils after a Canucks trade. He also has an Olympic gold medal and a gold medal at the world championships, which makes him one of the 29 members of the “Triple Gold Club” among the male players.
Beyond all that, Mogilny’s journey in the NHL makes him one of the league’s pioneers. Mogilny was the first hockey player to leave the Soviet Union.
In 1989, at the age of 20, Mogilny went into hiding from the KGB in Sweden after leaving the Soviet national team after winning the gold medal at the World Championship. He and Sabers cadre Don Luce jumped from hotel to hotel to escape the KGB while waiting for Mogilny to get permission to travel to the United States and seek political asylum.
Mogilny’s bravery set an example for many other Russian players who left the Soviet Union in the following years, but it wasn’t his only pioneering moment. He was also the first player of Russian origin to serve as captain of an NHL team when he wore the “C” for the Buffalo Sabers in the 1993-94 season while Pat Lafontaine was injured.
Between Mogilny’s on-ice accomplishments and his off-ice history, Mogilny should definitely already be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Putting him in with three other former Canucks is the right thing to do.
Biggest obstacles to a Canucks sweep
The Sedins, Luongo and Mogilny arguably have the best cases to achieve the HHOF in 2022, but they are not alone.
Sergei Gonchar was arguably the second best defenseman in the NHL behind Nicklas Lidstrom during his career. Keith Tkachuk has registered 538 goals and 1,065 career points. Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Alfredsson are two of the greatest Swedes in NHL history.
There are other players who have been eligible for a long time and may finally break through to voters, such as Pierre Turgeon, Jeremy Roenick, Rod Brind’Amour, Theo Fleury and Curtis Joseph.
Will any of those players prevent the roundtable for the former Canucks?