Paul Henderson is finally going into the Hall of Fame.
Not the Hockey Hall of Fame, mind you, even though most would argue that Canada's hero from the 1972 Summit Series deserves to be enshrined. No, Henderson is going into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame instead.
Henderson, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, Danielle Goyette, Teppo Numminen and builder Jan-┼ke Edvinsson will all be inducted in May, the day of the gold medal game at the world championship tournament in Stockholm. TSN's Gord Miller will also receive the Paul Loicq Award.
"I am immensely proud to announce this group," IIHF president Rene Fasel said Friday. "Classes of international hockey greats can probably not come any better than this. Each and every inductee has had profound impact on the international game and hockey in their countries."
Sundin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this month, capping off a career that saw him record 564 goals and 785 assists in an 18-year career. Forsberg is the youngest player to ever win triple gold (world championship, Olympics and Stanley Cup), Numminen played in four Olympics (winning three medals) and Goyette also played in the Games three times while tallying 218 points in 171 games with the Canadian women's team.