Collecting the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018 – The 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame Class was announced on Tuesday. This year’s class features a diverse group of players and hockey personalities that made a great impact on the game. Here is a rundown of this year’s class.
Martin Brodeur is arguably the greatest goalie to ever play in the NHL. He won a Calder and four Vezina’s to name a few of his trophies. In his 21 seasons he won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, five Eastern Conference titles and 17 trips to the playoffs. Opposing fans recognize his greatness and so does the Hockey Hall of Fame. His rookie card is the 1990-91 score card that denotes his first-round draft choice status.
“Congratulations to everyone. It’s a great honor to be a part of this great class,” said Brodeur. “It’s an exciting time. I’m every honored to be a part of this. You play your whole career and you don’t expect to get this phone call but when it does it definitely feels pretty good.”
Martin St. Louis has gone from being an undrafted player to being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He played for the Calder Cup with the Saint John Flames but didn’t win. The former Vermont standout, who led his team in scoring for all four seasons, had finally become a pro and was a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup win. He won the Lester B. Pearson trophy that year being voted the “NHL’s Most Outstanding Player” by his peers among many other trophies. The 1998 Pacific Crown Royale, Pacific Omega and his 1998-99 Upper Deck rookie card are the first cards issued for him.
Jayna Hefford is one of the greatest women’s hockey players of all-time. She’s won four gold medals in five Olympic trips with Team Canada and seven gold medals in the IIHF World Championships as well as starring in the CWHL. She has a 2007-08 O’Canada card with ITG as well as 2014-15 Upper Deck women’s Team Canada card to name a few.
Alexander Yakushev never played in the NHL. He starred in the ’72 Summit Series as well as two Olympics, where he struck gold, with the Soviet Union. His 2009-10 ITG 1972 card from that set is his only official card.
Willie O’Ree was the first black player to play in the NHL. He was called up to the Boston Bruins on January 18th1958. Already 95% blind in his right eye due to an errant puck, he ended up playing 45 games in parts of two seasons. This Canadian player has been the director of youth development and diversity ambassador of the NHL since 1998. O’Ree has had some cards issued (2006-7 Parkhurst, 2008-09 UD Masterpieces, 2011 Parkhurst Champions) but never a rookie card. I think Upper Deck should make a commemorative Young Guns rookie for him in Series 1 or 2 next season.
He met Jackie Robinson a few times and has carried along the same dignity and class ever since then.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be inducted, and he’s never had a certified hockey card made of him.
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