By MELISSA COUTO
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its induction class today. Here are some players who might hear their name called: MARTIN BRODEUR The goaltender is considered by many a lock to go into the Hall in his first year of eligibility. Brodeur is a three-time Stanley Cup winner, a four-time Vézina Trophy winner and a five-time winner of the Jennings Trophy. Through 1,266 regular-season games, Brodeur holds a career save percentage of .912, a goals-against average of 2.24 and has 125 shutouts. He also won Olympic gold twice with Canada (2002 and 2010).
WILLIE O'REE The former Boston Bruins forward played just 45 games over two seasons in the NHL, but he made a historic impact on the sport. O'Ree, a native of Fredericton, became the first black player in the league when he made his NHL debut in 1958. The Bruins recognized the 60th anniversary of O'Ree's monumental first game with a ceremony on Jan. 18, and the league announced the Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award in April.
JAYNA HEFFORD One of the longest-serving member's of Canada's women's team, the Kingston forward has four Olympic gold medals and one silver to go with seven world championship titles since her international debut in 1997. Hefford scored the eventual winner as Canada beat the United States in the gold-medal game at the 2002 Olympics. She has 43 goals and 49 assists over her international career. Hefford is also second on the Canadian Women's Hockey League's all-time scoring list with 234 points for Brampton.
JENNIFER BOTTERILL A three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time World champion, Botterill is one of just four Canadians to have played in each of the first four Olympic women's hockey tournaments. The Ottawa native appeared in 184 games for Canada internationally, scoring 65 goals and tacking on 109 assists. She also played for Toronto and Mississauga in the CWHL, and spent four seasons at Harvard University.
DANIEL ALFREDSSON The former Senators captain could offer Ottawa fans a beacon of positivity during a troubling time for the organization if he's announced as one of the Hall's inductees. Alfredsson spent 17 seasons with Ottawa from 19952013, recording 426 goals and 682 assists over 1,178 games, and ended his NHL career with a season in Detroit, where he scored 18 goals in 68 games. The Swedish star has an Olympic gold medal (2006) and an Olympic silver (2014).