The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has released the names of the 2019 Hall of Fame class to be inducted on 12th Dec. They include Gary
Bettman, Brian Gionta, Tim Thomas, Krissy Wendell, and Neal Henderson. Here is a summary of the contributions each one of the candidates has made in the hockey world.
Bettman has served the NHL for 26 years since 1993. He has contributed to the growth of hockey in North America and the world. The NHL now consists of 32 franchise, and hockey markets have developed in many areas in the U.S.
He retired playing in 2018 after captaining Team USA at 2018 Olympics Games. The veteran has more than a thousand games in which he has played for USA Hockey. They include the Olympics, World Championship, and World Juniors among other international tournaments. He was an All-American even before his career started. He is currently ranked 43rd among Americans born skaters in NHL points.
Thomas is among the best American goaltenders in history. He has received several awards which includes Stanley Cup, Conn Smyth, Vezina Trophy, William Jennings Trophy, Olympics silver medal, and World Championship bronze. He also represented the USA on international stage several times even before he started his professional career.
She is a vital part of the development of USA women’s hockey. She has played for the USA team in international levels which includes; two Olympics and six World Championship. She is American most visible woman ever in the sport. She was greatly talented, and she recorded 247 points in 147 games while representing the USA.
Neal received the 2018 Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award for his effective programs. His programs have helped young players who wouldn’t have a chance to learn hockey for around forty years. He has also helped in the spreading of the game throughout the D.C. area.