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Hayley Wickenheiser is 7th woman elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

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Hayley Wickenheiser, arguably the greatest female hockey player of all time who retired in 2017, will be the seventh female player in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The six-time Canadian Olympian (once in softball) was elected in her first year of eligibility. Wickenheiser is joined by Sergei Zubov, who earned gold at the 1992 Albertville Games with the Unified Team, two-time Czech Olympic medalist Václav Nedomanský and 1980s and ’90s NHLer Guy Carbonneau, among others.

The induction ceremony is Nov. 18 in Toronto.

Wickenheiser is the fifth Canadian female player elected after Angela James (2010), Geraldine Heaney (2013), Danielle Goyette (2017) and Jayna Hefford (2018). Americans Cammi Granato (2010) and Angela Ruggiero (2015) are also Hall of Famers.

Wickenheiser, now the Toronto Maple Leafs’ assistant director of player development, earned four golds and one silver in the first five Olympic women’s hockey tournaments. She played 23 years for the Canadian national team, earning seven world titles and being named Olympic tournament MVP in 2002 and 2006.

She also carried the Canadian flag at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony and recited the Athletes’ Oath at the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony. She was elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission in 2014.

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Angela Ruggiero singles out 1998 Olympic team in Hockey Hall of Fame speech (video)

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Angela Ruggiero thanked teammates, her family, even the rival Canadians in her seven-minute Hockey Hall of Fame induction speech on Monday night.

And she singled out one group of players near the end.

“Especially the ’98 team,” Ruggiero said of the first U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team, which won gold in Nagano. “Again, I was 18. I didn’t know what was going on, but we were all rookies. And I learned what it meant to be a team athlete back when I was just a young age. Thank you. This is for you guys.”

Ruggiero, who was introduced by 1998 captain Cammi Granato at the Hall of Fame ceremony in Toronto, was the single player on the 1998 Olympic roster born in the 1980s. She played on four Olympic teams, earning two silvers and one bronze after that 1998 gold.

Ruggiero is now an International Olympic Committee member.

Women’s players were first inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010, beginning with Granato and Canadian trailblazer Angela James.

Another Canadian, two-time Olympic medalist Geraldine Heaney, was inducted in 2013.

Other Olympic medalists Nicklas Lidstrom (Sweden), Sergei Fedorov (Russia), Chris Pronger (Canada) and Phil Housley (U.S.) were also inducted Monday.

Fedorov’s speech Monday included a memorable quote about playing for the late Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov, the losing coach of the Miracle on Ice game.

“If you can imagine lifting 27 tons in two hours, that would be only one practice,” Fedorov said of playing for Tikhonov at CSKA Moscow, before Fedorov moved to the NHL.

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Angela Ruggiero to become fourth women’s player in Hockey Hall of Fame

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Four-time U.S. Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero will be the fourth female player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ruggiero is part of the 2015 class (to be inducted Nov. 9) with Olympic medalists Nicklas Lidstrom (Sweden), Sergei Fedorov (Russia), Chris Pronger (Canada) and Phil Housley (U.S.).

Women’s players were first inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010, beginning with Cammi Granato, who captained the first U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team to gold at Nagano 1998, and Canadian trailblazer Angela James.

Another Canadian, two-time Olympic medalist Geraldine Heaney, was inducted in 2013.

Ruggiero, now an International Olympic Committee member, was the only member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team born in the 1980s. The defenseman also won medals in 2002 (silver), 2006 (bronze) and 2010 (silver) before retiring.

She’s one of five American hockey players to compete in four Olympics, joined by Jenny PotterJulie Chu and Chris Chelios and Keith Tkachuk.

Ruggiero was also a player in EA Sports’ NHL ’13 video game, along with perhaps the greatest female player of all time, five-time Canadian Olympic forward Hayley Wickenheiser, who is still active at age 36 and will surely be inducted into the Hall after her retirement.

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