The Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1943 with James T. Sutherland in the leadership position. It introduced its first class of honoured members in 1945. It moved to Kingston in Ontario in 1958 after the NHL withdrew support from it. This was its first permanent location. In 1993 it moved premises to Toronto’s downtown and is currently situated inside a historic Bank of Montreal building and Brookfield Place. It serves as an ice hockey museum as well exhibiting memorabilia and is also home to the Stanley Cup.

New Class

Since 2009 new members could be inducted into the Hall of Fame as either on-ice officials, players or builders, which included coaches, managers, team owners and commentators. Annually a commission elects the names of the next class to become part of the Hall of Fame. The class for 2019 bears the following titles. Representing the male players are Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky and Sergei Zubov. On the female side, the one person who stood out for exceptional performance was Hayley Wickenheiser. Jerry York and Jim Rutherford represent builders.

Hayley Wickenheiser

This Canadian lock has 18 goals from 26 games to her name. She has four Olympic gold medals and seven IIHF World Championship golds. Her performance is outstanding, and her name just became synonymous in Canada with women’s hockey. This was the first year which she was eligible for the Hall of Fame, and clearly, she deserves to be inducted.

Guy Carbonneau

He played in 1 318 games in 19 seasons and was part of three victories of the Stanley Cup Championships. In his long career, he had 260 goals and 663 points. He won the Selke Trophy three times during 1988, 1989 and 1992. He was also the former Canadian captain and contributed significantly to the sport during his career.

Vaclav Nedomansky

Being part of the Czechoslovakian team earning the silver Olympic medal in 1968 as well as the world championship in 1972. When he moved over to play for the Detroit Red Wings, the Rangers and the St. Louis Blues, he became the first player from the behind the Iron Curtain to change sides from behind it.

Sergei Zubov

A defenseman from Russia won the Olympic gold medal in 1992 as well as the World Junior Gold Medal in 1989. He is standing at 888 points from 1 232 regular NHL season and playoff games during his career at the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers. He was humbled by the honour and spoke of gratefulness for being able to be part of this beautiful game all his life.

Jim Rutherford

Being the general manager for Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins, his career stretches over many years. During his time as team leader, his teams brought home the Cup in 2006, 2016 as well as 2017.

Jerry York

The man with the most wins in any active NCAA Division and coach to Boston College and Bowling Green has five national titles to his name.

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