EDMONTON, AB - On Tuesday, former Oiler Ryan Smyth was announced as a member of the Class of 2020 for the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Smyth, nicknamed 'Captain Canada' for his dedication to representing his country at international hockey events, appeared in seven straight IIHF World Championships from 1999 to 2005, wearing the captaincy for five of them.
Smyth also competed in other international tournaments such as the IIHF World Junior Championship, two Olympic Winter Games, the World Cup of Hockey and Spengler Cup.
The Oilers sixth-overall draft pick in the 1994 NHL Draft is Canada's all-time leader in games played at the Worlds with 60 games.
Smyth will be officially inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame this May during the 2020 IIHF World Championship in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland.