The Hockey Hall of Fame has six new members, as the 2022 class was announced on Monday. Identical twin brothers Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, along with Roberto Luongo, Daniel Alfredsson, Riikka Sallinen and Herb Carnegie, are the 2022 inductees.
Henrik and Daniel were the second and third picks in the 1999 NHL Draft. They spent their entire careers with the Vancouver Canucks and formed one of the league’s most dynamic duos. The Swedes also hold several franchise records for Vancouver. Daniel’s 393 goals are the most among Canucks players, while Henrik holds the franchise’s all-time assists record with 648. Henrik is also the points leader with 1,070 points, while Daniel sits at No. 2 with 1,041 points. They also rank first and second in games played with Vancouver.
Their former teammate, Luongo, also earned a spot. He holds the Canucks’ all-time wins record (253) and shutouts record (38, but he made his biggest mark as the best Florida Panthers netminder of all time. Luongo spent 11 years in Sunrise and holds the franchise record in games played (572), wins (230), saves (16,086) and minutes (32,416). His .919 SV% with Florida ranks just behind Tomas Vokoun, who only spent four years in Florida. Over 19 years in the NHL, he posted a .919 SV% (ninth highest all-time) and collected 489 wins, the fourth-most wins in NHL history.
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Former Ottawa Senators captain Alfredsson also made the hall. He spent 17 years with the Senators and remains their franchise leader in goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108). He also played 68 games with the Detroit Red Wings in his final season, dishing 49 points in 68 games. Alfredsson is the second-highest scoring Swedish player of all time with 1,157 points over 1,246 games, trailing only Mats Sundin.
Sallinen, meanwhile, is the first Finnish woman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The forward has great hands and is arguably one of the best women’s players of all time. She is a highly-decorated player and has won two Olympic bronze medals, and has also medaled several times in the IIHF World Championships and European Championships. In 135 SM-sarja games, she has dished 201 goals and 194 assists, and she also has 119 points in 92 Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL) games. Not only that, she is the highest-scoring European-born player in Worlds and Olympic history.
Carnegie was the builder inductee. The Canadian player of Jamaican descent played several years in the Quebec league and overcame racism while living his dream and helping build the game he loved. He also got a tryout with the New York Rangers and a $2,700 contract offer to play in the minors, but he turned it down to remain in the Quebec league. After his pro career, he founded one of Canada’s first hockey schools called the Future Aces. He also became a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award.