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      • It’s a tragedy Boris Mikhailov isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame yet. He’s best known for his days with the USSR hockey team. At the Winter Olympics, Mikhailov helped the Soviets win two gold medals (1972, 1976) and a silver medal (1980).
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  2. Boris Mikhailov is one of the most famed hockey players ever to come out of the former Soviet Union. From 1966 until 1981 he was a player of extraordinary magnitude and continues to be a force in Russian hockey today. Mikhailov, famous for wearing the dreaded #13, combined with Valeri Kharlamov and Vladimir Petrov to form perhaps the greatest Russian unit of all time.

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    Daniel and Henrik Sedin— The Canucks duo have long been favorite for first-ballot admission due to not only their NHL play, but also representing Sweden. We’ll start with Daniel and his 393 goals and 1,041 points in 1,306 games all with Vancouver. He won the Ted Lindsay Award and Art Ross Trophy, and was named a First Team All-Star in 2011. He holds the Canucks franchise record for goals and power play goals (138). With Sweden he won an Olympic gold medal in 2006 and silver in 2014. He also helped Tre Kronor to gold at the 2013 World Championship and 1998 U-18 Worlds. Henrik finished with 1,330 games played and 240 goals and 1,070 points. He won the Hart and Art Ross Trophies in 2010, and was a two-time NHL First Team All-Star. He holds five Canucks franchise records for assists (830), assists in a single season (83), most consecutive regular season games played (679), points in a single season (112), and is the team’s all-time leading scorer (1,070 points). Like Daniel, Henrik won...

    Daniel Alfredsson – A veteran of 18 NHL seasons, he has an impressive resume and strong international credentials to make the cut. He scored 444 goals and recorded 1,157 points during his NHL career, and has a trophy cabinet that features Olympic gold and silver medals, the 1996 Calder Trophy, six NHL All-Star appearances, the King Clancy, and inclusion in the IIHF Hall of Fame. Red Berenson (Builder Category) – After an NHL career that lasted 987 games and saw him win a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens, score six goals in a game once, and represent Canada in the famed 1972 Summit Series, Berenson went into coaching. After six seasons as an NHL coach with the Blues and Sabres, he left for the college game and was behind the bench for the University of Michigan until 2017. In those 33 years, he helped the program to a pair of national championships, 11 Frozen Four appearances and 11 conference titles. He won CCHA coach of the year twice, was the 2008 Spencer Penrose Award winner for to...

    Rod Brind’Amour — The Hurricanes head coach has seen his support grow since first becoming eligible. The induction of Guy Carbonneau in 2019 could help Brind’Amour make it to Toronto. A two-way stalwart, he scored 452 goals and recorded 1,184 points in 1,484 NHL games. Along with the 2006 Stanley Cup, he also has two Selke Trophies to his name. You can argue his resume is better than Carbonneau’s. Finally, from the News and Observer’s Luke DeCock: “There are 36 players in NHL history who had 15 seasons with 49 or more points. Thirty-five of them are in the Hall of Fame. Want to guess who’s not?” Boris Mikhailov– The long time Soviet captain had a decorated career playing for CSKA Moscow and representing his country. Domestically, Mikhailov scored 429 goals for CSKA and recorded 653 points, leading them to 11 Soviet League titles. On the international scene, the long time captain captured two Olympic golds and eight gold at the World Championships. The support for international stars...

    Tom Barrasso– 369 wins, 38 shutouts, youngest goalie to win the Calder Trophy and youngest winner of the Vezina, 1985 Jennings Trophy, two-time Stanley Cup winner, 2002 Olympic silver medal. Shane Doan— 1,540 games with the Jets/Coyotes franchise, 402 goals, 972 points, two World Championship gold medals, one World Cup of Hockey gold medal, two-time Memorial Cup winner, two-time NHL All-Star, King Clancy Trophy winner. Patrik Elias– 408 goals, 1,025 points, 0.827 points per game, Olympic bronze, two World Championships bronze medals, two-time Stanley Cup winner, First Team NHL All-Star, nine 20-plus goal seasons. Theo Fleury – 455 goals, 1,088 points, seven-time All-Star, gold at the World Junior Championship, Canada Cup and Olympics, silver at the World Championship and World Cup of Hockey, 1989 Stanley Cup winner. Here’s something in his favor, via TSN’S Steve Dryden: “Only 15 players in NHL history have averaged at least one point per game in both the regular season (min. 1,000 g...

    Karyn Bye-Dietz– She was part of the gold medal winning U.S. team at the 1998 Olympics and took home silver at the 2002 Games and six World Championships. During the ’98 Olympics, Bye-Dietz led the Americans with five goals and eight points and finished her international career with 84 points in 51 games. In 2011 she was only the fifth woman to be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame, and in 2014 was named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Natalie Darwitz– Before her decorated international career with the U.S., Darwitz excelled on the collegiate stage as a three-time All-American and three-time Patty Kazmeier Memorial Award finalist at Minnesota. She dominated with the Golden Gophers scoring 102 goals and 246 points over three seasons, helping them to back-to-back national titles. Representing her country, Darwitz would help the Americans to two Olympic silver medals and bronze; three golds and five silvers at the World Championship; and two golds and eight silvers at the 4 Nations C...

    Ken Hitchcock – His coaching resume lists 849 wins (fourth all-time), one Stanley Cup title, and numerous players thankful for his influence and teams who were improved with him behind their bench. He’s also owner of a HOF-worthysweatshirt. Mike Keenan– Whether it was his quick hook with goalies or clashing with his players, there was never a dull moment when “Iron Mike” was coaching your team. But he also did win 672 NHL games and the 1985 Jack Adams Award. His teams won four conference titles and he helped lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994, ending their 54-year drought. He also won in Russia, guiding Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the 2014 Gagarin Cup title, making him the first North American coach to win the KHL championship and the first coach to win both the Gagarin Cup and the Stanley Cup. Keenan’s championships also include the 1983 AHL Calder Cup and two Canada Cups, including the legendary 1987 tournament. Bryan Murray– He compiled 620 wins as a head coach for five te...

  3. Jun 21, 2020 · Mikhailov, who captained the Soviets, was physical, had boundless energy, and could be downright dirty – he had famous battles with Canadian players over the years.

  4. Jan 16, 2020 · The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022 could have a distinct Vancouver feel to it. ... Boris Mikhailov ... Mikhailov was inducted in the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2000.

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    Alexander Mogilny

    It’s starting to frustrate me that Alexander Mogilny isn’t in the Hall of Fame yet. He averaged over a point per game during his career. All but one forward who averaged more points per game than him and played at least 900 games is either in the Hall of Fame or will be once they retire. Mogilny was the first Russian to captain an NHL team, won a Stanley Cup, won a Lady Byng, and is a member of the Triple Gold Club. That alone should get him into the Hall of Fame. But Mogilny isn’t in the Hal...

    Boris Mikhailov

    Much like Mogilny, Boris Mikhailov should already be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. True, he’s technically in the Hockey Hall of Fame since he’s a member of the IIHF Hall of Fame, which is located in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But Mikhailov’s not a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. That’s baffling because Mikhailov is one of the most important Russian hockey players of all-time. He captained the infamous USSR men’s hockey dynasty for eight seasons and stood out in the Soviet Hockey League as well...

    Henrik Zetterberg

    Henrik Zetterberg is probably getting into the Hall of Fame. He captained a Stanley Cup champion in 2008 and also won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year. Zetterberg’s also a member of the coveted Triple Gold Club. He’s one of the most productive Swedish players of all-time. Zetterberg isn’t a slam dunk because you could argue he was never the best player on his own team, but if you consider the guys he played with (Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, and Pavel Datsyuk, among others), that’s not an...

    Patrik Elias

    On paper, the HOF case for Patrik Elias isn’t overwhelming. Sure, he won two Stanley Cups. But Elias never won a major award and was only named to one first-team All-Star Team. Excluding a third-place Calder Trophy finish in 1998, he never even finished in the top 5 for any award. That said, Elias has very impressive counting stats. He got to 1,000 games played and 1,000 points. Only 13 players have done that since 1995-96. Moreover, Elias scored 408 goals. Only 10 players have played at leas...

    Daniel Alfredsson

    Daniel Alfredsson is one of the most prolific NHL players from Sweden of all-time. Only Mats Sundin has more points and goals. He’s top five in assists and ranks favorably in points per game as well. That said, Alfredsson never won a Stanley Cup, which hurts his case. He also only has one major individual award on his resume – a Calder Trophy. Alfredsson is getting into the Hall of Fame one day, but until the ballot gets a little less crowded, he could be one of the odd men out.

    Jere Lehtinen

    Much like Brind’Amour, Jere Lehtnien’s case got a lot more interesting when Carbonneau made the Hall of Fame. Lehtinen won three Selke Trophies as a wing. Everyone who has won more Selke Trophies than him is in the Hall of Fame. Plus Lehtinen was a Selke Trophy finalist in three additional seasons. The case against Lehtinen, though, is he didn’t put up impressive numbers. In 875 regular season games, he scored 243 goals and 514 points. Those aren’t shabby, but it certainly doesn’t scream out...

    Theoren Fleury

    Theo Fleury never won a major individual award but was one of the NHL’s premier power forwards for most of his career. It’s also worth noting that he’s Indigenous and the Hall of Fame doesn’t have nearly enough Indigenous players. He has a Stanley Cup, a World Juniors gold medal, and an Olympic gold medal, which helps his case. Fleury battled addictions, a Crohn’s Disease diagnosis in 1995, and other problems to pick up over 1,000 career points, 400 goals, and 1,000 games played. If I were in...

    Rick Nash

    Rick Nash’s career was a pretty great one. He struggled with injuries for a good portion of his career. But when Nash was healthy, very few players could put pucks in the net like him. In 1,060 games, he scored 437 goals with 805 points. Nash won two Olympic Gold Medals in 2010 and 2014 with Canada, which should help his case.

    The Hall of Fame hasn’t been overly kind to women’s players, so the line’s getting a bit long as far as deserving candidates are concerned. Julie Chu is one of the greatest American female hockey players of all-time. She finished her college career as the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 287 points in four seasons. Internationally, Chu’s resume is an outstanding one. She was an important part of Team USA, helping them win three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006) at the Winter Olympics. Chu also led Team USA to five gold medals and four silver medals at the World Championships. Professionally, she won Clarkson Cups with the Minnesota Whitecaps of the WWHL and with the Montreal Stars of the CWHL. Off the ice, Chu is an Asian-American, which is important because minorities in hockey are quite rare. She serves as a role model and an ambassador for hockey. On the Canadian side, there’s Jennifer Botterill. She’s one of the most decorated players in the history...

    Builders are more complicated than players, so I’m not going to say much. But I’ll say this. There are zerofemale builders in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Also, there are zero builders with significant ties to women’s hockey. That needs to change as soon as possible. How about Marguerite Norris, the NHL’s first female executive? She’s the first woman with her name on the Stanley Cup. And it’s on their twice, as Norris helped the Red Wings win two Stanley Cups. You could make a strong case for Florence Schelling, who’s the first female general manager of a professional men’s hockey team. Yes, it’s overseas, but who cares? She’s a pioneer and she’s (hopefully) opening the doors for other women to get into front offices. That said, putting Schelling in as a builder is sort of a slap in the face to her playing career. But if that’s how Schelling has to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so be it. Dani Rylan helped form the NWHL and currently serves as its commissioner. Gary Bettman got in a...

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