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Sedins gets a call from Hall, waits for Alfie

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Hockey’s most famous twins lead the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2022.

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Daniel and Henrik Sedin, of the career Vancouver Canucks, were announced Monday afternoon after the Hall selection committee meeting in Toronto, along with their former teammate, goaltender Roberto Luongo, and the captain of the senator of OttawaDaniel Alfredsson.

The Hall’s first European player, Riikka Sallinen, hockey’s oldest Olympic medalist, at 46, was the fifth player named, while Herb Carnegie, a pioneering black player, was the only pick in the builder category.

A number of veteran players, including Alex Mogilny and freshman eligibles Rick Nash and Henrik Zetterberg, have signed up for a growing waitlist.

Described by TSN commentator Dave Poulin as “two brains thinking like one,” the Sedins were the heavy favorites to get at least 14 of 18 votes. The two Swedes played over 1,300 NHL games with over 1,000 points and won an Olympic gold medal and a world championship.

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Fellow Swede Alfredsson was on the list five years before he was finally honored for his scoring records in Ottawa.

Mike Gartner, the new chairman of the selection committee, said Luongo was perhaps the easiest choice for more than 1,000 games in goal, helped by two Olympic gold medals, two world championships and a Cup. of the world for Canada.

Carnegie, who died at 92 in 2012, faced racism in the game, an NHL-worthy player who never got the chance. In the 1940s, when he was offered a contract with the New York Rangers for less money than he was making in senior hockey in Quebec, he stayed put.

Willie O’Ree finally broke the NHL color barrier in the early 1960s, but Toronto-born Carnegie’s later role in promoting sport for all minorities is now recognized by the Hall.

“It’s the right thing to do, at the right time,” Gartner told TSN.

Sallinen joined the Finnish national team in 1989, nine years before scoring in the first Olympic women’s hockey game at the 1998 Nagano Games (and leading the tournament with 12 points in six games). She won a bronze medal at the 1998 Games, retired after the 2002 Games, was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2010, but returned to the national team in 2013 after giving birth to three children. She played two more Olympics.

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