The IIHF has announced the Hall Of Fame Class of 2015, to be inducted this May at the IIHF World Championships in Czechia. All four players set to be inducted into the players category bring a swath of major international accomplishments, for the Czechs (Dominik Hašek and Robert Reichel), Canada (Scott Niedermayer) and Sweden (Maria Rooth), including all having held the International Hockey Lineal Championship at one point or another.
🇨🇿 Dominik Hašek, known as “The Dominator” for his incredible, unique and highly effective goaltending style, was a two-time Stanley Cup Champion and league MVP in his illustrious 18 year career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings, also playing with European clubs Pardubice, Dukla Kihlava and Spartak Moscow. Additionally, Hašek proudly wore the colours of both pre-split Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic at 5 World Championships, 4 Olympic Games and 3 Canada Cups, winning Gold (and by association, the IHLC) due to his spectacular performance at the 1998 Nagano Olympics that led his country to its first ever Olympic title. Hašek was just inducted to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Toronto last month.
🇨🇦 Scott Niedermayer, a defensive legend with a fantastic career with the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks, retired as four-time Stanley Cup Champion, a five-time All-Star, and a one-time winner of both the Norris and Conn Smythe Trophies. Niedermayer also holds the distinction of winning every international title available to a North American player, winning Gold in nearly every tournament he played in, including two Olympic Golds in 2002 and 2010, the 2004 World Championship (thus making him a member of the Triple Gold Club), and Gold at the 2004 World Cup Of Hockey. Niedermayer first won the IHLC during Canada’s 2002 Salt Lake Olympic tournament, later winning in tandem with his myriad of championships shown above.
🇨🇿 Robert Reichel, a veteran forward who spent time both in the NHL with Calgary, Phoenix, Toronto and the New York Islanders, as well as with HC Litvínov and the Frankfurt Lions in Europe, left the game known as “Captain Czech,” for his numerous international accolades. Reichel suited up at 9 World Championships, 2 Olympic Games, 2 World Cups and the 1991 Canada Cup, winning three World Championship Golds (1996, 2000 and 2001), and Olympic Gold at the 1998 Nagano Games, where his lone semifinal shootout goal propelled the Czechs to the finals. Reichel first captured the IHLC at the 1990 World Championships, winning the title on six more occasions until his final IHLC in 2003.
🇸🇪 Maria Rooth, who has etched herself as perhaps the most legendary player in Swedish women’s hockey, certainly stands out as one of women’s hockey’s modern stars, being a mainstay on the Damkronorna roster since 1996. Rooth, one of the lone consistent faces on an ever-changing roster to put on the blue and gold, led Sweden to their only Olympic medal in history, the shocking silver medal finish at the 2006 Turin Games, spurned by Rooth’s performance in eliminating the United States in a semifinal shootout (for which she scored the winning goal). Rooth was a part of Sweden’s first two IHLC-winning squads, both in Turin and in upsetting Canada at the 2008 Four Nations Cup.