Henrik Lundqvist stole the show this weekend when he delivered his induction speech at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lundqvist had a remarkable career with the New York Rangers and well-deserved a place in hockey’s most exclusive club.
There are always discussions about who deserves a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and there are some great players that many people think should get inducted.
Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player of all time, was immediately inducted when he retired in 1999, making him the most recent player to have the waiting period waived, becoming the tenth player to bypass the three-year time that’s usually mandatory.
On Wednesday, Wayne Gretzky was part of the panel on TNT, talking about players who should be inducted into the prestigious class. Keith Yandle was also on the panel and named Ray Whitney as his pick for a player who should get selected.
Ray Whitney played 1,330 games, recorded 1,064 points, and won one Stanley Cup.
Wayne Gretzky agreed with Keith Yandle and also named a couple more players he feels deserve it, especially Keith Tkachuk, that didn’t win a Stanley Cup during his years in the league.
”I agree too. I have Ray Whitney, Doug Weight, and Keith Tkachuk,” The Great One said. ”I think they have the numbers. Keith Tkachuk was one of the great power forwards who ever played our game. Ray Whitney, a Stanley Cup winner, and Doug Weight, the Stanley Cup winner, but it’s hard. It’s hard to get in the Hall of Fame. It’s tough, but there are a lot of great players. Everybody we talked about. You know, they all worked hard. Their families were a part. I hope one day they get that chance to go into the Hall of Fame.”
Anson Carter named Alex Mogilny as his top pick.
”There’s no reason he shouldn’t be in there. He’s won individual trophies; he won the Stanley Cup. The guy was a force with the Buffalo Sabres,” he said.
Carter also pushed for a TNT colleague of theirs, Jennifer Botterill.
”There’s no reason she shouldn’t be in there. She’s been a force in women’s hockey; it’s a no-brainer for me.”