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HHOF adds Hayley Wickenheiser

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The Maple Leafs Assistant Director of Player Development goes straight to the hall, as is right and proper.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant Director of Player Development Hayley Wickenheiser has been named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

For an in-depth look at Wickheiser’s qualifications (she’s overqualified by an order of magnitude) go here:

Or just look at this:

The HHOF can add two female players every year. Yet again, they have chosen to maintain their glacial pace of redressing the horrible imbalance in players added over the years by not doing that.

That glacial pace extents to other categories as well.

Marguerite Norris has her name on the Stanley Cup and was the first woman to hold an executive position in the NHL. She should be a lock for the builder category. But so far, that’s not happened. There are also countless groundbreaking female referees, and yet not one has been added.

Also added this year were:

Jim Rutherford, long time executive in the NHL and current General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been named in the builder category. Jerry York, who has a truly remarkable career as an NCAA coach and is currently the head coach of Boston College was also added.

Male players added:

  • Guy Carbonneau of the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, former NHL coach and executive and current RDS analyst
  • Sergei Zubov of the Dallas Stars, CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersberg, and current head coach of HC Sochi
  • Vaclav Nedomansky of Slovan Bratislava, Toronto Toros, Birmingham Bulls, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, and the first player to defect to play in professional hockey in North America. He is currently a scout with the Vegas Golden Knights after a long career in scouting for various NHL teams.