A pair of Red Wings greats will be recognized this fall as the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Nick Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov will be part of the 2015 class in their first year of eligibility.
The inductees were announced Monday afternoon. Players need to be retired for three years, among other factors, to be eligible. Lidstrom’s induction comes as no surprise, as he’s one of the greatest defenseman to have ever played the game. “The Perfect Human” played 20 NHL seasons for the Red Wings, six of them as team captain after Steve Yzerman retired. The four-time Stanley Cup winner played 1,564 regular season games, 263 playoff games, tallying up 1,325 career points. Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy for best defenseman seven times and made the NHL All-Star team on 12 separate occasions.
It was uncertain if Sergei Fedorov would make the 2015 hall class in his first year of eligibility. However, Red Wings fans know how talented the Russian player was during his 13 seasons with Detroit. Fedorov was vital during the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup victories in 1997, ’98 and 2002. He scored 535 combined regular and postseason goals, racking up 1,355 total points. While Detroit fans were bitter when Fedorov left the Red Wings to sign with Anaheim in 2003, time eventually healed all wounds and the Russian Five member was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame back in February.
As the Detroit News reports, women’s hockey star Angela Ruggiero of Harper Woods and Detroit native Peter Karmanos Jr. will also be inducted November 9 in Toronto.
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