The Hockey Hall of Fame will reveal the identity of its future inductees for 2022 on Monday afternoon and the public should recognize several faces if the predictions of observers are confirmed.
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For some former hockey players, it will be the consecration of an illustrious career in professional hockey and, in particular, the next vintage will include, unless there is a surprise, athletes who have not won the Stanley Cup.
Thus, the brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin have an excellent chance of moving on to the immortality of their sport, they who came within one victory of lifting the precious trophy in the spring of 2011 with the Vancouver Canucks.
Their fellow Swede Daniel Alfredsson, who captained the Ottawa Senators, may also hope to end up at the Hall.
Moreover, on the women's side, the case of Quebecer Caroline Ouellette is likely to attract the attention of hockey fans. The ex-attacker should in principle enter the Hall of Fame during the ceremony scheduled for November 14 in Toronto.
Her track record speaks for itself, to say the least: four Olympic titles with the Canadian team, six others at the World Championships, not to mention eight Four Nations Cup conquests and four Clarkson Cups of the defunct Canadian Women's Hockey League.
Among the other athletes from La Belle Province likely to receive the long-awaited call, there is Roberto Luongo.
The former goalie totaled 489 regular season wins and won the William-M. Jennings. However, he never got his hands on the silver bowl or the Vézina trophy.
Among those with slightly more distant possibilities, Vincent Lecavalier claims a Stanley Cup, four invitations to the All-Star Game and the King Clancy Trophy in 2008. Nevertheless, his 949 career points may prove insufficient to be honored.