The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct just its sixth Russian-born player later this year as its saved the best for last with the nomination of Sergei Fedorov. In his first year of eligibility, the one-time Russian superstar will be immortalized among the likes of Gretzky, Howe, Kharlamov and Fetisov.
Fedorov was the first Russian to accomplish many feats in the NHL including but not limited to, the first player to reach 1,000 points, the first to play 1,000 games, the first to win the Hart trophy and the first and only player to win the Hart and Selke in the same season.
No Russian has scored more goals, notched more assists or totaled more points than Fedorov. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and six-time all-star was as good in the post season as he was a random night mid-season during his illustrious NHL career earning 176 points in 183 playoff games.
internationally, Fedorov won a Junior World Championship gold medal and three World Championship gold medals with Russia racking up 57 points in 64 senior team appearances. He could not be any more deserving of the greatest accomplishment a hockey player can receive and it’s fitting he goes in alongside longtime teammate Nicklas Lidstrom who shared the same draft class of 1989 as well as first year eligibility status.
Already a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Fedorov is the first Russian to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame since Pavel Bure in 2012.