The Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2015 was officially announced on Monday.
Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr. will be the latest members of the exclusive club. The Hall of Fame's official Twitter feed released a split-screen image of the 2015 class:
The seven inductees will be honored at an enshrinement ceremony on Nov. 9 in Toronto, per the New York Daily News' Stephen Lorenzo.
Federov and Lidstrom are notable in that they teamed together with the Detroit Red Wings to win three Stanley Cups.
The former was a dynamic two-way forward, widely considered among the very best of his generation. Federov's first-ballot induction therefore comes as little surprise. Lidstrom held down the blue line, and spent his entire NHL career in Detroit.
Red Wings beat writer Bill Roose recorded comments from Lidstrom from Monday:
Housley now serves as an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators but was a phenomenal player before then as a member of eight different teams. Despite being a defenseman, Housley managed to rack up 1,232 career points, second all-time among American-born players (h/t Hockey-Reference.com).
Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald logged Housley's reaction to learning of his Hall of Fame bid:
Defensemen seemed to hold a special place in this class, considering Pronger is also slated for induction. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reported Pronger's reaction:
Pronger had stints with six different NHL clubs, spending the most time with the St. Louis Blues, showing his value with a 52 plus-minus rating at his apex in the 1999-2000 season.
Ruggiero becomes just the fourth woman elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The defender just stopped playing in 2011, so Ruggiero's swift inclusion as a Hall of Famer is a testament to her impact. She helped the United States to four World Championship titles and a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
The USA hockey legend was humbled by Monday's news:
Karmanos. the current majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, joined Hay as a selection in the builder category. TSN insider Bob McKenzie weighed in on Karmanos getting the nod:
Joining his father in the Hall of Fame is Hay, who served as the Hockey Hall of Fame's chairman and CEO from 1998 to 2013.
Last but not least to be mentioned among the impending 2015 inductees, Hay had a pro career with the Chicago Blackhawks as a center that lasted eight seasons from 1959 through 1967. He helped Chicago to the Stanley Cup following the 1960-61 campaign, carving out a unique legacy on and off the ice.