The IIHF Hall of Fame has announced their class of 2019, and several familiar names will inducted for their international pedigree. The full class includes Mike Modano, Haley Wickenheiser, Boris Alexandrov, Jorgen Jonsson, Ziggy Palffy, and Miroslav Satan. Konstantin Mihaylov and Jim Johannson will also receive the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award and Paul Loicq Award respectively.
Modano, one of the greatest American players of all-time, competed in three different Olympic Games and took home a silver medal in 2002. He competed many other times internationally for the United States, including as part of their gold medal-winning World Cup team in 1996. He finished his NHL career with 1,374 points in 1,499 regular season games, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
Wickenheiser meanwhile is arguably the greatest female hockey player of all-time, and is unmatched on the international stage. She has five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver), 13 World Championship medals (seven gold, six silver) and was one of the first women to suit up in a professional men’s league. Wickenheiser was recently hired as assistant director of player development by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and will surely be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.
The rest of the group is filled with familiar names including Palffy, who was a dominant NHL player in his day and left the league with 713 points in 684 games. Satan too made a name for himself in North America, playing in more than 1,000 games in the NHL and even recording a 40-goal season in 1998-99.