TORONTO – Early years playing in Moscow helped propel Sergei Fedorov to a career that culminated with his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos Jr. and Bill Hay were also inducted during a ceremony in Toronto on Monday.
Accepting his Hall of Fame plaque from Russian compatriot Igor Larionov, the 45-year-old Fedorov paid tribute to former coaches and spoke of how playing for CSKA Moscow prepared him for his shift to the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings.
“They were hard grueling seasons,” Fedorov said of the four seasons he spent with CSKA. “If you could imagine lifting 27 tons in only two hours, that would be one practice. But in four years, I was ready.”
Fedorov played 18 seasons in the NHL, mainly in Detroit, that saw him produce 483 goals and 1,179 points.
He won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player and Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player in 1994, and was a two-time winner of the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in 1994 and 1996.
“In my wildest dreams I would never expect something like (this),” Fedorov said of his induction.
“I never believed and thought something like (this) would happen to me. I’ve been so fortunate.”
It was only fitting Fedorov was inducted alongside former Red Wings teammate Lidstrom.
Lidstrom enjoyed a 20-year career with the Red Wings that produced 1,142 points, four Stanley Cup titles and cemented him as one of the top defenseman of all-time.
“I certainly didn’t get here by myself,” Lidstrom said.
“It takes a team in all aspects of your life.”
Pronger and Housley were also decorated defenseman. Ruggiero was a stalwart for the United States women’s team, while Hay and Karmanos both made an impact in administration.
Coyotes triumph in OT
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Mikkel Boedker scored on a breakaway 1:18 into overtime after an atrocious turnover by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, and the Arizona Coyotes snapped Anaheim’s four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Monday night.
Rookie forward Max Domi scored twice during a three-goal second period for Arizona, which won for just the fourth time in 11 games. The Coyotes have won twice in Anaheim already this season.
Anders Lindback made 33 saves and Anthony Duclair also scored in the dominant middle period for Arizona.
Boedker ended the game after Getzlaf inexplicably left the puck sitting on the Coyotes blue line, apparently failing to make a drop pass to Corey Perry.
Sami Vatanen tied it with 8:17 remaining in regulation for the Ducks, who blew a two-goal lead before rallying for a point.
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