Three Canadian Olympic gold medalists will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in 2018. They are Martin Brodeur of Montreal, Quebec, Jayna Hefford of Trenton, Ontario and Martin St. Louis of Laval, Quebec.
Brodeur won a gold medal for Canada in men’s hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Hefford won four consecutive gold medals for Canada from 2002 to 2014, while St. Louis won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Brodeur played 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and one season for the St. Louis Blues as a goaltender from 1991 to 2015. He is the all-time NHL leader in wins (691) and shutouts (125), and is one of two goaltenders to hold the NHL record for most wins in one season. Brodeur and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan each have 48 wins. A nine-time NHL all-star, Brodeur also won three Stanley Cups, four Vezina Trophies and a Calder Trophy.
Hefford scored the game winning goal for Canada in their 3-2 win over the United States in the gold medal game of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. To go along with her four Olympic gold medals, Hefford also won seven gold medals at the Women’s World Hockey Championship for Team Canada.
St. Louis had a magical year with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. He not only won the Stanley Cup, but the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy as well. That season he led the NHL in assists (56), points (94), plus/minus (+35) and shorthanded goals (eight). St. Louis also led the NHL in assists (43) and points (60) in the 2012-13 season. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy three times and played in six NHL All-Star Games, A fourth Canadian was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. That was Willie O’Ree of Fredericton, New Brunswick who was inducted into the builder’s category.