This weekend, the Hockey Hall of Fame will induct its latest class. Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi and Danielle Goyette will see their names enshrined forever among the greats of the hockey world. What better time to take a quick look forward, at who could be named into the prestigious group next year.
Scott Morrison of Sportsnet’s most recent video essay was on who he believes will be considered, but during the Maple Leafs-Wild game Elliotte Friedman and Doug Maclean offered their own picks. Among the names mentioned, were Theoren Fleury, Sergei Zubov, and Steve Larmer. Martin Brodeur will undoubtedly headline the 2018 group, leaving three additional player spots.
We’ve included several names who are the most commonly expected candidates, but make sure to leave your own thoughts in the comments below. To be eligible, a player has to not have been active for at least three seasons. Vote for up to four names.
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*While there are only four spots for male playing inductees, there are also two spots for women. One of those could be given to Hayley Wickenheiser as the latest player to be granted exceptional status and be inducted ahead of the waiting period. Wickenheiser retired from women’s hockey this January, after an unmatched career.
Named to the Canadian Women’s National Team at age 15, Wickenheiser collected four gold and one silver medal at the Olympics, seven gold and six silver medals at the World Championships, every imaginable individual award in women’s hockey and broke through to play several games in a men’s professional league. She is undoubtedly the most successful woman to ever play the sport, and helped change the way young girls felt about getting on the ice. If she does skip the waiting period, she would be the first player to do so since Wayne Gretzky in 1999.