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

Roberto Luongo said he was certain Daniel and Henrik Sedin would get into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. He wasn’t nearly as sure if this would be his time too.

But Luongo’s doubts were put to rest Monday, when Mike Gartner, the chair of the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, revealed a Class of 2022 that has a significant Vancouver Canucks feel.

Luongo and the Sedin twins were elected for induction in their first year of eligibility and highlight a group that also includes Daniel Alfredsson, Riikka Salimen and the late Herb Carnegie that will be celebrated at Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend from Nov. 11-13 and inducted at the ceremony in Toronto on Nov. 14.

“It’s going to make just the whole experience so much more enjoyable to be a part of it with [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 vote from the selection committee to be inducted. A maximum of four former male players, two former female players, two builders or one builder and one former referee/linesman may be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a single year.

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

The Sedin brothers will enter the Hall of Fame 23 years after they were drafted by the Canucks. Daniel was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft; Henrik went No. 3. They played their entire 17-season careers in Vancouver.

“Our goal was always to be the best players that we could be, and I think we tried to help each other do that,” Daniel said. “The competitive side of us I think fueled that. Each and every day I wanted to beat Henrik, and that’s been going on since when we were kids. In the end if you lost, you sucked it up and you moved on and tried to be better. … I think we helped each other reach the fullest potential of what we could be.”

Luongo, who is fourth all-time in wins (489) and second in games played among 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 he was traded back to the Panthers on March 4, 2014.

During their time together, the Canucks played 603 games and had 341 wins and 749 points, each fourth in the NHL over that span. Luongo got 252 of his victories with Vancouver, the most he had with one team.

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

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

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

“He just wanted to get better each and every day. So for me, he was the key for us taking it to the next level and becoming a contender up in Vancouver.”

The Sedins were the steady presence in Vancouver from 2000-2018.

Henrik became known as one of the best passers and playmakers in NHL history and is the Canucks’ all-time leader in assists (830), points (1,070), games played (1,330), plus-minus (plus-165) and power play 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, seventh in the NHL in that span, and 71 points (25 goals, 46 assists) in 102 Stanley Cup Playoff games. His 393 goals are first in Canucks history, and he is second behind his brother in assists, points, plus-minus (plus-147), games played (1,306) and power-play points (367). 

He won the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award (given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players’ Association) in 2010-11, when he had 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists). 

“They were never in a bad mood, they were always upbeat no matter what happened,” Luongo said. “The thing that I think that made them exceptional and leaders is they were accountable. They always put it on their backs when the team wasn’t performing. Whether they had three goals, they would put the game on their shoulders in the media and they would take responsibility for it. It alleviated a lot of pressure off other guys. They took a lot of heat for it sometimes, but that’s the type of guys they were. They put it on their shoulders. That shows great leadership.

“They’re great teammates, everybody loved them. They’re great people.”

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Alfredsson was teammates with the Sedins on the Swedish national team. They won the gold medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics and finished second at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Henrik and Daniel also won a World Championship with Sweden in 2013.

“For them to be able to go through this their whole 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-season NHL career from 1995-2014 with the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings. Selected by the Senators in the sixth round (No. 133) of the 1994 NHL Draft, he is their all-time leader in goals, assists and points, and is second in games played (1.178) behind Chris Phillips (1,179). He played 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with Ottawa before finishing his career with Detroit in 2013-14.

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

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

Sallinen, who will be the first female Finland-born player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, had 514 points (240 goals, 274 assists) in 227 Finnish Elite League games. The former forward was the oldest 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 Alexander Cup as Canadian semi-pro champions in 1952. After retiring in 1952, Carnegie worked to further diversify the game of hockey until his death in 2012.

“So many people wanted this for my father,” said Bernice Carnegie, his daughter. “So many people wanted this, and this is going to make a lot of people happy, honestly, because they so believed in everything my father has done for all these years. But I still can’t believe this. 

“Amazing. I just want to cry. This is so amazing.” staff writer William Douglas contributed to this story

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