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The IIHF is inducting a quintet of players into their Hall of Fame today in Minsk. Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Vycheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov and one other player will be inducted in the player category, and IIHF.com's Lukas Aykroyd notes that the fifth player is particularly special:
If there’s one true regret about the 2014 IIHF World Championship, it’s that Ruslan Salei won’t be able to attend his induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Born in Minsk in 1974, the hard-working defenceman will be recognized for his long, productive career at a gala ceremony in his hometown today. He is part of an exceptional Hall of Fame class that also includes Russia’s Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov, Sweden’s Nicklas Lidstrom, and Canada’s Steve Yzerman and Murray Costello.
Salei tragically passed away in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash, along with many other hockey greats. But his memory will live on.
Given that most every country but Russia's sent its "B Team" (or "C Team") to the World Championships in Minsk, perhaps due to Olympic fatigue, this part of the tournament (which will take place on May 25th) may be its most compelling, per the IIHF:
Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts former players and a builder.
Vyacheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov, Nicklas Lidström, Ruslan Salei, Steve Yzerman as players and builder Murray Costello will be inducted in 2014.
Dr Mark Aubry will receive the Paul Loicq Award for his contributions to international hockey.
The IIHF Historical Committee and its chairman, IIHF President René Fasel, have announced the 18th class of the IIHF Hall of Fame to be ceremonially inducted during the 78th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk.
Click here for a complete list of all honoured members since the IIHF Hall of Fame was introduced in 1997. It now boasts 195 greats from 23 countries.
The IIHF's press release continues, profiling each inducteee, and having Ruslan Salei inducted into the IIHF HOF in Belarus's capital is going to be a very emotional event.
Pavel will wear #24 during the pre-season in honor of Ruslan Salei.
via Anaheim Ducks PR department,
A statement from Bethann Salei, wife of Ruslan Salei:
“On behalf of the Salei family, I want to express my sincere thanks to the entire hockey community, including all of Ruslan’s friends and fans, for the overwhelming love and support. While this is an extremely difficult time for us, the outpouring of affection our family has received has been comforting. As much as Ruslan enjoyed playing hockey, he loved the camaraderie he had with his teammates, the team staffs, and the fans that much more.
Ruslan was the love of my life, and I’m extremely grateful to have our three beautiful children. He treasured his family life with us, and we miss him dearly.”
Like everyone else here at Kuklaskorner, I wish I had something of a lighter nature to talk about today. This summer has been filled with death, and having to write another post about former players passing away so soon after my Wade Belak post is extra tough. I hoped that would be the only piece I’d have to write about a player death in a good long while. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find myself by my computer ten days later, trying to find another way to put my thoughts into words about a tragedy that has stunned the entire hockey world. But here goes.
I remember when princess Diana died, and where I was at the time. I was sitting in my younger brothers room, playing NHL 96 on SNES, when my father came in and said “turn it off and check the news, there’s been an accident and you need to see this”.
I also remember where I was when I heard that Michael Jackson had died. In bed, sleeping. My girlfriend who had just left for work called me and woke me up with the news.
No penalty on the play, was it an elbow Duncan Keith threw at Ruslan Salei?
via numerous Twitter reports,
Wings sign defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract.
DETROIT—The Red Wings announced that they signed defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Salei, 35, was originally a first round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1996.
The Minsk, Belarus, native has appeared in 842 career games with the Ducks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. He has 194 points, including 43 goals and 1,017 penalty minutes over 13 NHL seasons.
A back injury limited Salei to just 14 games for Colorado in 2009-10. He finished the season with a goal and five assists.