The NHL Hall of Fame Class of 2018 has been revealed.
The 18-member selection committee met in Toronto Tuesday, with former players Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Jayna Hefford and Russian Alexander Yakushev being selected.
Former player Willie O’Ree and current NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also got the call as builders.
Per Hall of Fame rules, each class can only have four former players and two builders (including a referee or linesman). The former players must have been retired for at least three seasons.
Brodeur won the Stanley Cup with with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003 and still leads the NHL in all-time wins (691) and shutouts (125). He was in the first year of eligibility after he retired at the end of the 2014-15 season.
St. Louis is also in his first year of eligibility and won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning as well as the Hart Trophy in 2004. He is the Lightning’s all-time leader in assists (588), points (953), and power-play points (300).
Hefford is a five-time Olympian with the Canadian’s women’s team (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014), with her goal at the 2002 Winter Olympics sealing Canada’s gold medal victory. Overall, she won four golds and one silver with Team Canada. In the National Women’s Hockey League, she played for the Brampton Thunder from 1998-2007.
Yakushev never played in the NHL, but he led the Soviet team to victory over Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series with seven goals and four assists in eight games. He also won gold at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and served as a coach with the national team.
O’Ree became known as the Jackie Robinson of hockey after he became the first black man to play in the NHL when he was called up from the Quebec Aces to the Bruins to replace an injured player in 1958. He got called back to the Bruins in 1961 and played in 43 games before heading back to the minors, but was instrumental in diversity in the NHL.
Bettman helped expand the team from 24 to 31 teams and was instrumental in allowing NHL players to participate in the Olympic games, although that ended with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He has served as the NHL’s commissioner since 1993.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in November.