Quebec’s Caroline Ouellette and former Canadian goaltender Cristóbal Huet will be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Hall of Fame in 2023.
The 2023 squad also includes Jamie Foster (Great Britain), Brian Leitch (USA) and Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden) among the players. Added to them are Sandra Dombrowski (official, Switzerland) and Kalervo Komola (construction worker, Finland). Hungarians Viktor Zelig and Finn Kemo Leinonen took home the cups for Richard “Baby” Torriani and Paul Loek, respectively.
Ceremonies will take place ahead of the medal matches at the World Championships on May 28 in Tampere, Finland.
Caroline Ouellette needs no introduction. The 43-year-old former hockey player has enjoyed tremendous success with Team Canada on the international scene. Ouellette has participated in 12 world championships, winning 12 medals, including six gold. The forward, retired since 2018, has also won gold four times at the Olympic Games (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).
“Tall and strong, she was an iconic figure on the ice and a leader on a team that has dominated the women’s game for more than a decade,” the federation wrote in its press release.
For his part, Cristóbal Huet played 272 matches in the National League with the Los Angeles Kings, Canadiens, Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks from 2002 to 2010. He is the most successful French goalkeeper in history. In 13 World Championship matches between 1997 and 2017, Huet has kept goal in 54 of France’s 80 matches.
In the seventh round in 2001, the 47-year-old won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, becoming the first French goalkeeper to see his name on the big trophy.
The Canadian organization congratulated its former goalkeeper on Twitter on Friday.
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