Two standout Canadians will be represented when the Class of 2022 goes into
the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall.
Of the six names announced Monday, two have connections to Hockey
Canada—legendary netminder Roberto Luongo will be enshrined in the player
category, while Herb Carnegie will go in as a builder.
A closer look at the inductees…
Few goaltenders can match the international résumé of Roberto Luongo, who played 34 games across 10 events
spanning 17 seasons, from the 1998 IIHF World Junior Championship to the
2014 Olympic Winter Games.
After earning Top Goaltender and Media All-Star Team honours at the 1999
World Juniors in Winnipeg, backstopping Canada to a silver medal, Luongo
played in four IIHF World Championships in a five-year span from 2001-05,
winning back-to-back gold medals in 2003 and 2004. Overall, only Sean Burke
and Cam Ward have spent more time in the Canadian net at worlds than Luongo
(856 minutes played).
In addition to his place on Canada’s championship-winning entry at the 2004
World Cup of Hockey, the Montreal product was also part of three Canadian
contingents at the Olympic Winter Games, most notably at the 2010 Games in
Vancouver when he capped his tournament with a 34-save effort in the gold
medal game win over the U.S.
Honoured posthumously, Herb Carnegie is revered as one of
the best players of his time and a pioneer for Black players in
Canada. Carnegie battled racism and discrimination throughout his entire
playing career, with many holding the view that he was kept out of the NHL
simply because he was Black.
The Toronto-born forward was a standout in the Ontario and Quebec
semi-professional leagues, earning three consecutive Quebec Senior Hockey
League MVP awards from 1947-49. He joined the Quebec Aces in 1949-50 where
he mentored another Canadian legend, Jean Béliveau—together winning the
league championship in 1953. After retirement in 1954, he became a
successful investor and founded one of Canada’s first hockey schools, the
Future Aces, in 1955.
Carnegie’s family and friends had rallied together to get him into the
Hockey Hall of Fame. They worked with the Hockey Diversity Alliance and
created a petition to get him inducted in the Builder category to recognize
his historic career that influenced generations of Black hockey players.
Carnegie was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and
the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
The duo will officially be inducted on Nov. 14 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, joined by fellow inductees Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Daniel Alfredsson and Riikka Sallinen.