2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class announced

Four players and two builders will be inducted on November 18

Jon Simon
June 25, 2019 - 5:29 pm

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The 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class was announced Tuesday afternoon following the release of the 2019-2020 regular season schedule. The newest class is composed of four players, Guy Carbonneau, Hayley Wickenheiser, Vaclav Nedomansky and Sergei Zubov. This year's class also consists of two builders in Jim Rutherford and Jerry York.  

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Carbonneau, a three-time Stanley Cup Champion (1986, 1993, 1999) who played in 1,318 games over 19 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, headlines the class. The Quebec native tallied 260 goals and 663 points in his career and added 93 points (38 goals, 55 assists) in 231 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was also an elite defensive forward; the former Canadiens captain won the Selke Trophy in 1988, 1989 and 1992.  

Wickenheiser enters the Hall of Fame as Canada's women's team's all-time leader in goals (168), assists (211) and points (377) in 276 games. The former center won four Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, along with a silver in 1998. In the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2006 Torino Olympics, Wickenheiser was named most valuable player. 

Zubov, a teammate of Carbonneau's on the 1999 Stars championship team, recorded 771 points (152 goals, 619 assists) over a 16-year career with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Stars. The defenseman was also a member of the 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup championship team; and while he never won a major individual award, Zubov skated in 1,068 games along with another 164 in the playoffs, in which he tallied 117 points (24 goals, 93 assists). 

Nedomansky made history becoming the first athlete from communist Eastern Europe to defect to North America to play professional hockey. Before playing in the NHL, Nedomansky was a long-time member of the Czechoslovakia national team, and played in the 1968 Grenoble and 1972 Sapporo Olympics. In six NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Blues and Rangers, the forward recorded 277 points (121 goals, 156 assists) in 420 games. 

Rutherford is currently the only general manager in the NHL since the expansion era began in 1967-68 to win the Stanley Cup with multiple teams. Rutherford was the general manager for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 when they won the franchise's lone Stanley Cup and was the general manager of the Penguins when they won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.

York is the all-time winningest coach in college hockey, amassing 1,067 wins over his 47-year career. York is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to lead two diffrent schools to national championships. In his 25 seasons at Boston College, York and the Eagles won the national championship in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He also led Bowling Green to a title in 1984. 

The six new members of the Hall of Fame will be inducted on November 18.  

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