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Fedorov, Bondra highlight IIHF Hall of Fame inductees

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

(Originally Published on NHL.com)

Former NHL players Sergei Fedorov, Peter Bondra, Valeri Kamensky and Ville Peltonen were among those named to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the IIHF announced Thursday on its website.

Longtime NHL coach and executive Pat Quinn was named to the Hall in the builders category. Quinn, who died in 2014, coached the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final in an NHL career that spanned 1,400 games and five decades. He led Canada to its first Olympic gold medal in 50 years at Salt Lake City in 2002 and gold at the 2008 U-18 World Championship and 2009 World Junior Championship.

Fedorov, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, won the Stanley Cup three times with the Detroit Red Wings and also played for the Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals. He scored 483 goals and 1,179 points in 1,248 games. His goal total was the highest by a Russian-born player until Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals eclipsed him on Nov. 19. Fedorov won World Championship gold three times, and prior to making the NHL was part of a line with Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny at the 1989 WJC.

Bondra scored 503 goals in his NHL career, all but 31 of them with the Capitals, who he played 14 seasons with and led to the 1998 Stanley Cup Final. He had two 52-goal seasons for the Capitals and scored at least 30 goals in a season nine times. Bondra also played for the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers and Chicago Blackhawks. He led Slovakia to gold at the 2002 World Championship with a goal late in the third period of the deciding game against Russia.

Kamensky is a member of the Triple Gold Club, having won Olympic gold in Calgary in 1988, three World Championships and the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. He scored more than 25 goals in four NHL seasons for the Quebec Nordiques and Avalanche, setting career-highs with 38 goals and 85 points in the 1995-96 season. Kamensky scored 200 goals and 501 points and also played for the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.

Peltonen had 52 goals and 148 points in 382 NHL games over six seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers. He played in four Olympics and 13 World Championships, scoring a hat trick in the 1995 gold-medal game against Sweden to give Finland its first World Championship title.

Four-time U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey coach Ben Smith was also named to the IIHF Hall of Fame. Smith coached the first-ever U.S. women's Olympic team to gold at the 1998 Nagano Games, then followed up with silver at Salt Lake City in 2002 and bronze at Torino in 2006.

The induction ceremony will take place in Moscow on May 22, the final day of the 2016 World Championship.

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