Luongo, Sedin brothers lead Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022

But Luongo’s doubts were allayed Monday when Hall of Fame selection committee chair Mike Gartner unveiled a class of 2022 that has significant Vancouver Canucks sentiment.

Elected in their first year of eligibility for induction, Luongo and the Sedin twins highlight a group to which they belong Daniel AlfredsonRiikka Salimen and the late Herb Carnegie, who will be celebrated at Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend November 11-13 and will be inducted at the November 14 ceremony in Toronto.

“It will make the whole experience so much more enjoyable to be a part of [the Sedins]going through it with them, spending the ceremony and all that stuff,” Luongo said.

Candidates had to receive at least 75 percent of the selection committee’s votes to be accepted. A maximum of four former male players, two former female players, two master builders, or one master builder and one former umpire/linesman may be inducted into the Hall of Fame in any one year.

“It’s a really humbling experience,” said Luongo. “And the best part is that I get to compete with two of my favorite teammates of all time and two of the greatest people I know in Henrik and Daniel.”

The Sedin brothers are inducted into the Hall of Fame 23 years after being drafted by the Canucks. Daniel was selected #2 in the 1999 NHL Draft; Henrik finished No. 3. They played their entire 17-year career in Vancouver.

“Our goal has always been to be the best players we could be and I think we tried to help each other with that,” Daniel said. “I think the competitive side of us fueled that. Every day I wanted to hit Henrik and it’s been like this since we were kids. If you ended up losing, you sucked it up and moved on and tried to be better. … I think we helped each other reach the full potential of who we could be.”

Luongo, fourth all-time in wins (489) and second in games under goalies (1,044), joined the Sedins in Vancouver on June 23, 2006 in a trade with the Florida Panthers. He remained with the Canucks until March 4, 2014, when he was traded back to the Panthers.

During their time together, the Canucks played 603 games and had 341 wins and 749 points, 1 in 4 in the NHL during that span. Luongo recorded 252 of his wins with Vancouver, the most he has had with a team.

The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in six of Luongo’s seven full seasons with the Sedins, including playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 when they lost to the Boston Bruins.

Vancouver won the Presidents’ Trophy for most points in the 2010-11 regular season (117) and 2011-12 (111).

“For me he was the difference to get to the next level,” Henrik said of Luongo. “If you’re talking about a winner, he’s the guy. The way he’s competed in practice and games, but mostly in practice. He’s never taken a day off and that’s something of that I think a lot of players learned from that, he would play almost every game and he was still there for practice the morning after.

“He just wanted to get better every day. For me he was the key to getting to the next level and becoming a contender in Vancouver.”

The Sedins were the permanent presence in Vancouver from 2000 to 2018.

Known as one of the greatest passers and playmakers in NHL history, Henrik is the Canucks’ all-time leader in assists (830), points (1,070), games played (1,330), plus-minus (plus-165) and power Game Points (369). He also had 78 points (23 goals, 55 assists) in 105 playoff games.

Henrik won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2009-10 when he had 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists) in 82 games.

Daniel had 1,041 points (393 goals, 648 assists) from 2000-18, finishing seventh in the NHL during that span and 71 points (25 goals, 46 assists) in 102 Stanley Cup playoff games. His 393 goals are the first in Canucks history, and he is second to his brother in assists, points, plus-minus (up-147), games played (1,306) and power play points (367).

He won the 2010-11 Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award (presented annually to the NHL’s Outstanding Player, as voted by members of the NHL Players’ Association) with 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists). .

“They were never in a bad mood, they were always optimistic no matter what happened,” said Luongo. “What I think made them exceptional and leaders is that they were in charge. They always put it on their backs when the team wasn’t performing. Whether they scored three goals, they’ve got the game in placed on their shoulders by the media and “They would take responsibility for it. It took a lot of pressure from other guys. They took a lot of heat for it at times, but that’s the kind of guys they were. They put it on their shoulders. That shows great leadership.”

“They are great teammates, everyone loved them. They are great people.”

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Alfredsson was a teammate with the Sedins on the Sweden national team. They won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin and finished second at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Henrik and Daniel also won a World Cup with Sweden in 2013.

“The fact that they can go through this their entire careers and not become enemies is amazing to me,” Alfredsson said.

Alfredsson had 1,157 points (444 goals, 713 assists) in 1,246 games during an 18-year NHL career from 1995 to 2014 with the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings. Selected by the Senators in the sixth round (#133) of the 1994 NHL Draft, he is their all-time leader in goals, assists and points and second in games played (1,178) to Chris Phillips (1,179). He played 17 of his 18 NHL seasons for Ottawa before retiring with Detroit in 2013-14.

Alfredsson won the 1995-96 Calder Trophy for NHL Rookie of the Year when he had 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) in 82 games for the Senators.

“It’s such an honor,” said Alfredsson. “It’s such a privilege to be able to do this sport for a living, something I would have played for fun without question all my life. To be able to make a living, to be able to play in front of thousands of fans and on too To be recognized in this way is really humbling.”

Sallinen, who is the first Finnish-born player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, has 514 points (240 goals, 274 assists) in 227 Finnish Elite League games. The former forward was the oldest ice hockey player to be awarded an Olympic medal (44) when Finland finished third at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

Carnegie competed on four Allan Cup teams in the 1940s. He led the Quebec Aces to the 1952 Alexander Cup as a Canadian semi-pro champion. After retiring in 1952, Carnegie continued to diversify the game of hockey until his death in 2012.

“So many people wanted this for my dad,” said Bernice Carnegie, his daughter. “So many people wanted that and that’s going to make a lot of people happy, honestly, because they believed so much in everything my dad did over the years. But I still can’t believe it.

“Amazing. I just want to cry. This is so amazing.”

NHL.com contributor William Douglas contributed to this story

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