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Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley and Angela Ruggiero will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015.
Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos were also inducted as builders.
Lidstrom’s election was a matter of inevitability. One of the most dominant defenders of his era, Lidstrom is a seven-time Norris Trophy winner, including six wins in seven seasons between 2001 and 2008. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, earning the 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. He became the first European to win the award and in 2008 became the first European to captain a club to a Cup title.
His international resume is equally impressive as Lidstrom won World Championship (1991) and Olympic (2006) gold representing Sweden. He became the 17th member of the “Triple Gold” club at the 2006 Turin Games.
In 1,564 games with the Red Wings Lidstrom scored 264 goals and 878 assists.
Fedorov electrified the NHL as one of the first wave of Russian players to hit the NHL after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Joining the Red Wings in 1990, Fedorov helped turn the franchise into a perennial winner alongside Lidstrom and captain Steve Yzerman. In 1994, Fedorov became the first European player to ever win the Hart Memorial Trophy as League MVP, taking the Lester B. Pearson Award - MVP as voted on by the players - and Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best two-way forward. He won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings and retired first all-time among Russian scorers in the NHL with 1,248 points.
In 1,248 games with the Red Wings, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals, Fedorov scored 483 goals and 696 assists.
Pronger makes the Hall of Fame despite not actually being retired from the NHL. The 40-year-old Pronger is currently under contract to both the NHL’s Player Safety Department and to the Arizona Coyotes who acquired his rights over the weekend. That said, Pronger has not played a game since 2011-12 and is never expected to return to the ice as an NHLer.
A physical force, Pronger’s NHL career featured dominant stretches that saw him become the only defenceman since Bobby Orr to win the Hart Trophy, taking it in 2000. Pronger also took the Norris that season and was named an NHL ALL-Star on four occasions. Pronger won two Olympic gold medals with Canada (2002 and 2010) and earned Triple Gold status when he won the 2007 Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks.
In 1,167 career games with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers, Pronger scored 157 goals and 541 assists.
Elected in his ninth year of eligibility, Phil Housley enters the Hall of Fame as the fourth-highest-scoring defenceman in NHL history. The St. Paul, Minn.-native was an offensive force, scoring 60 points or more in his each of his first 11 seasons in the League. That run culminated with a career-high 97 points with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93. He was selected to appear in seven NHL All-Star Games and was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1983 and the Norris in 1992. He was also a member of the United States’ 1996 World Cup of Hockey-winning squad. He was named to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2012.
Housley scored 338 goals and 894 assists in 1,495 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Jets, Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ruggiero is one of the most decorated players in women’s hockey history. Representing the United States from 1997 to 2011, Ruggiero won four Olympic medals including gold at the 1998 Nagano Games. She was twice named the Olympic tournament’s top defender, taking the honour at the 2002 and 2006 Games. Over her 14-year career, Ruggiero won 14 medals at the Olympic Games and World Championships including four gold and six silver at the Worlds. She becomes the fourth woman elected to the Hall of Fame as a player, joining former teammate Cammi Granato and Canadians Angela James and Geraldine Heaney.
Hay served as President and CEO of both Hockey Canada and the Flames (1991-98). He was appointed Charimand and CEO of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998. Hay also enjoyed an eight-year NHL career, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1960 and the Stanley Cup in 1961 with the Blackhawks.
Karmanos has been part-owner of the Carolina Hurricanes since purchasing the then-Whalers with his business group in 1994. He oversaw the club’s move to Carolina in 1997. He won the Lester Patrick Trophy awarded for service to hockey in 1998. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.
Brunei has pulled out of hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, blaming a lack of venues and preparation time, the Olympic Council of Asia said.
The tiny, resource-rich state apologised to the SEA Games Federation council after announcing its decision at a meeting in Singapore, according to the OCA website.
The Philippines has expressed interest in taking over the 2019 edition of the biennial, 11-nation event, whose latest incarnation formally opens in Singapore on Friday.
Malaysia will host the next games in 2017, Vietnam will hold it them 2021 and Cambodia were confirmed as 2023 organisers at the meeting, the OCA said.
The Federation also accepted ice hockey, ice skating, cricket, bridge and Indonesian martial art tarung derajat as new sports, meaning they are eligible for future SEA Games.
Ice skating and ice hockey are set to feature in the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia,
The words ‘ice hockey’ and ‘Cyprus’ do not sit comfortably together. The first conjures up an image of frozen wastelands, the other of baking summers.
Yet the sport, logically dominant in ice-coated countries like Canada, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania, has its own little hub of enthusiasts in My Mall Limassol, of all places.
It was a series of coincidences in 2011that led to a fully fledged team that call themselves ‘Solar Bears’. Lubos Oslanec who worked at the ice skating rink as a guard had a history with the sport from his home country, Slovakia, professionally playing for 18 years.
When he moved to Cyprus he brought his ice hockey stick with him and while on shift one day took it out with the puck and started playing just out of habit.
“As I was doing my thing, a Russian man was watching me from the cafeteria seats that overlook the rink. He came down and told me to play together and that was how it started,” Oslanec said.
He told a friend who told another friend and before they knew it, they were holding regular training sessions, one for adults and one for children.
The adults have now progressed to form a national team of in line hockey – a version of hockey played on dry surface in roller blades – with participants of varying nationalities. The 25 member team has seven Cypriot players while the rest are from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, America, UK and Finland.
Their state team, official for two months, has already been recognised by the International Federation of Roller Sports (FIRS) and they are eager to take part in international competitions.
Children however, train for standard ice hockey under the coaching of Latso Valtos every Sunday for an hour starting at 10am.
“It’s a little bit hard sometimes as I have to speak in Greek, English and Russian,” he said, explaining the diversity of his students and the languages they speak.
Some of the members joined by a stroke of luck. “We came ice skating one day and the coach saw us skate well so he came to us and suggested we start ice hockey,” said ten-year-old Ilya Shirokov said referring to himself and his brother.
Both from Russia, raised in Cyprus with no ice hockey experience, Valtos clearly saw something to single them out from a sea of amateurs.
It’s all good fun for the kids that seem to have fun tripping each other up while they glide on ice as if it were their second nature – which it probably is. They look stone-faced at any questions as to whether this is hard for them – clearly oblivious to those who fall flat on their backs whenever they encounter ice.
“I can tell you a joke, welcome to stand school where I fail,” a pun to mean he falls, said nine-year-old Evgeni Gulev. He has been training for about a year but shrugs his shoulders and says it’s easy.
His fellow team player Matthew Konovalov, 11, finds it fun when he’s with friends. The sport for him is “easy when you know how to skate but when you use the stick it’s a bit hard.”
Several of the young students originate from the “big six” ice hockey countries: Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
Ambitious Murat Mamutov, 11, wants to be a professional ice hockey player when he grows up. In Cyprus for about three years, he came from Kazakhstan and said “I find that here it’s not that hard like other places where it’s more popular like Russia and Kazakhstan.”
During the summer he used to go back home and to Lithuania where he did more ‘hardcore’ training. “Unlike football everything happens faster. You’re not waiting for the ball and you always have to be ready.”
While the beginner’s team is offered as a hobby to anyone free on Sundays at 10am, it is mostly popular with children who are excited and eager to don the tough looking gear, mess around with their friends and keep manoeuvring around obstacles on skates to perfect their skills.
A hardworking team managed by an easy-going coach who has ice-skated since he was a child, he’s happy to pass on his skills and recruit other young talents he spots at the ice rink.
For more information call 99 025 071 or go on www.facebook.com/CyprusIceHockey
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