As I predicted on 6/9/2023 Chicago Blackhawks first year eligible for HHOF Corey Crawford was not selected as a 2023 inductee by the Hockey Hall of Fame. As I also predicted Henrik Lundqvist was inducted.
The 2023 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are:
– Henrik Lundqvist: The Swedish goaltender played 15 seasons in the NHL, all with the New York Rangers. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2012 and holds several franchise records, including most wins (459), shutouts (64) and playoff appearances (130). He also won an Olympic gold medal in 2006 and a World Championship title in 2017 with Sweden.
– Tom Barrasso: The American goaltender played 18 seasons in the NHL, most notably with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992 and was the first American-born goalie to win 300 games. He also won the Calder Trophy and the Vezina Trophy in 1984 and represented the USA at three Olympics.
– Caroline Ouellette: The Canadian forward played 15 seasons with the national team, winning four Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) and six World Championship titles. She is the third-highest scorer in women’s hockey history with 242 points in 220 games. She also played professionally in the CWHL and the NWHL.
– Pierre Turgeon: The Canadian center played 19 seasons in the NHL, scoring 515 goals and 812 assists for 1,327 points. He is one of only eight players to record at least 500 goals and 800 assists in his career. He won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1993 and played in four All-Star Games. He also represented Canada at two World Cups and one World Championship.
– Mike Vernon: The Canadian goaltender played 19 seasons in the NHL, winning two Stanley Cups with two different teams: the Calgary Flames in 1989 and the Detroit Red Wings in 1997. He was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1997 as the playoff MVP. He also played for Canada at two Canada Cups and one World Cup.
– Ken Hitchcock: The Canadian coach has been behind the bench for over 20 seasons in the NHL, leading four different teams to the playoffs. He won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and was named the Jack Adams Award winner as the coach of the year in 2012. He also coached Canada to a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics and two World Championship titles.
– Pierre Lacroix: The Canadian executive was the president and general manager of the Colorado Avalanche from 1994 to 2006, building a dynasty that won two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. He was known for making bold trades that brought stars like Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque and Rob Blake to Colorado. He also served as an advisor to Team Canada at several international tournaments.
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