The Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant Director of Player Development Hayley Wickenheiser has been named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Hayley Wickenheiser, one of the game’s all-time greats and our assistant director of player development, on being named a @HockeyHallFame #HHOF2019 inductee! pic.twitter.com/WSDW6hRDiE— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 25, 2019
For an in-depth look at Wickheiser’s qualifications (she’s overqualified by an order of magnitude) go here:
Or just look at this:
Hayley Wickenheiser was unable to be reached to be notified for her Call to the Hall. First inductee in a number of years. Lanny McDonald said Wickenheiser, a medical school student, is currently sitting for an exam today and would receive a failing grade if she used her phone.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 25, 2019
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.
Everyone is talking about players to induct into the HHOF and I'm over all INDUCT MARGUERITE NORRIS— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) June 25, 2019
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.