Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023
“My late mother asked me years ago if I would ever make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. My mom was my first coach and this one’s for her. ”
– Mike Vernon, is a former Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender, 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, and winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Enshrinement Ceremony will take place from November 10, 2023, to November 13, 2023. The inductees include Tom Barrasso – Ken Hitchcock – Pierre Lacroix – Henrik Lundqvist – Caroline Ouellette – Pierre Turgeo – Mike Vernon. View the Class Introduction below.
TSN Presents: Seven more will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2023 this fall, headlined by a trio of netminders. Goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist, Tom Barrasso, and Mike Vernon will be joined by Caroline Ouellette and Pierre Turgeon, as well as Ken Hitchcock and Pierre Lacroix in the builders category. Watch on YouTube
CLASS OF 2023 ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY
November 13, 2023 – We at Baron® are grateful to be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Enshrinement.
The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Enshrinement Ceremony festivities will be from Friday, November 10, 2023, to Monday, November 13, 2022. The Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced on June 21, 2023, the Class of 2026 will enshrine 7 honourees during the festivities in Toronto, Canada.
The Induction Weekend Schedule:
- Friday, November 10, 2023 – Hockey Hall of Fame Game at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Arena, Toronto. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames.
- Saturday, November 11, 2023 – Inductee Fan Forum at 1:30 p.m. at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Palace, Toronto. Partake in a special Q&A session featuring Class of 2023 inductees.
- Sunday, November 12, 2023 – Hundai Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classics at 3:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto. Highlighting the Sunday afternoon schedule of the 2023 Hyundai Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Celebration. Two star‐studded teams led by Adam Oates & Joe Nieuwendyk face off in this annual Induction classic.
- Monday, November 13, 2023 – 2023 Induction Celebration at Meridian Hall, Toronto.
- Induction Celebration/DoorOpen at 5:30 p.m. Enter via the Brookfield Place concourse level and experience our renowned hospitality.
- Induction Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Live from the Allen Lambert Galleria and shown throughout the Hockey Hall of Fame. To be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. ET on TSN and NHL Network.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these hockey legends as Honoured Members, said Gartner. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
Class of 2023 Enshrinement
Born March 31, 1965, in Boston, Massachusetts, Tom Barrasso grew up in nearby Stow, Massachusetts, and began his goaltending career playing on outdoor rinks at the age of five.
He progressed rapidly, and by 16 he was tending goal for the Acton‐Boxborough Colonials, his high school team that in 1982‐83, won 22 and tied one during the 23‐game season with Tom recording 10 shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.99. That season, he shared the goal crease on the United States’ World Junior squad with John Vanbiesbrouck.
In 2009, Tom Barrasso was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. One more honour surfaced in 2023 ‐ induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductee Ring of Tom Barrasso
TSN Presents: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Tom Barrasso – Tom Barrasso won both the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year and the Vezina during a magical 1983-84 season with the Sabres out of high school as a phenom from the Boston area. He won Cups with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992. Barrasso spoke about the individuals that supported him, and gave him opportunities during both his childhood and hockey career. – Watch on YouTube
The fourth winningest coach in NHL history at the time of his Hockey Hall of Fame induction, Ken Hitchcock’s outstanding career included stints with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers through 22 NHL seasons.
Born December 17, 1951, in Edmonton, Alberta, Ken Hitchcock began his coaching career at various levels of hockey in his hometown, which led to ten years behind the bench of a Midget AAA team. Through that time, he amassed an incredible record of 575 wins against just 69 losses. At the same time, he was also teaching fundamentals to girls learning to play hockey.
In 2019, Ken was named a recipient of the Order of Hockey in Canada and he added another honour in 2023 when he was inducted into the Builder Category of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductee Ring of Ken Hitchcock
TSN Presents: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Ken Hitchcock – Ken Hitchcock is fourth on the NHL victories list with 849, and he won the Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 in a 22-season career behind NHL benches. ‘Hitch’ spoke about his life, and how he got into hockey growing up in Alberta learning from coaches. –Watch on YouTube
Pierre Lacroix had two Stanley Cups sitting on his mantle at home, recognizing the work he put into constructing the Colorado Avalanche rosters that captured hockey’s greatest reward in 1996 and 2001.
Born August 3, 1948, in Montreal, Quebec, Lacroix’s hockey dreams began as a player. In 1960, his Rosemont Youth Committee team was one of the first participants in the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey tournament. The legendary tournament gave players 12 and under the opportunity to enjoy international competition and was created in 1960 to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival.
Pierre Lacroix was only 72 years old when he passed away on December 13, 2020. While the hockey world lost a giant, he left behind an extraordinary legacy that was recognized in 2023 when he was posthumously inducted into the Builder Category of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductee Ring of Pierre Lacroix
TSN Presents: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Pierre Lacroix – Pierre Lacroix, who died in December 2020 at age 72, was an agent before being named general manager of the Quebec Nordiques in 1994. He moved with the franchise when it relocated to Colorado. His grandson Max Lacroix accepts the award on his behalf and speaks highly of the individuals that were a part of Pierre’s hockey career. –Watch on YouTube
Henrik and his twin brother Joel were born on March 2, 1982, in Are, Sweden. Both discovered a love for hockey as children. During the winter, their kindergarten teacher used a sandpit to freeze and create an ice rink where the twins learned to skate. Their father often took them to watch Frölunda play, and that team became the boys’ favourite.
In 1990, the twins began playing organized hockey for the first time. During one practice, the coach asked if anyone wanted to be a goalie and Joel raised Henrik’s hand.
Both boys were scouted by Frölunda while playing for Rögle BK in the 1998 Scandinavium Cup and joined the team for the 1999‐2000 season. That year, they also played for Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Championship, winning the bronze medal.
After a sterling goaltending career, Henrik Lundqvist was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category in 2023.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductee Ring of Henrik Lundqvist
TSN Presents: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Henrik Lundqvist – A star netminder in the league for 15 seasons, Henrik Lundqvist was selected in his first year of eligibility. He’s sixth in NHL history in wins (459), ninth in games (887) and 17th in shutouts (64). Those 459 victories are the most by a European goalie. The first Swedish goaltender to be inducted, Lundqvist backstopped the Rangers to the 2014 Stanley Cup final and won Olympic gold with Sweden in 2006. –Watch on YouTube
Caroline Ouellette was a pillar at forward on Canada’s National Women’s Team, winning four Olympic gold medals, six IIHF Women’s World Championship golds as well as six silver, and is a four‐time winner of the Clarkson Cup.
Born May 25, 1979, in Montreal, Québec, Caroline Ouellette began playing hockey at nine, learning the basics and developing her skills until she was 16 and invited to play for Team Québec at the 1995 Canada Winter Games, taking the bronze medal. As a member of Québec’s Under‐18 team in 1997, Ouellette won a gold medal at the National Women’s Under‐18 Championship.
She represented Québec at many Esso Women’s Hockey Nationals, winning gold in 1999 and 2002, and silver in 2000, 2001, and 2006. Caroline was named MVP at the 2001 tournament and Top Forward in 1999.
2023 was a very special year for Caroline Ouellette. She was inducted into the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame, and University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame, named to the Ordre national du Québec and was selected as an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductee Ring of Caroline Ouellette
TSN Presents: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Caroline Ouellette – Caroline Ouellette won four Olympic gold medals with Canada’s women’s team, six IIHF Women’s World Championship golds as well as six silver and is a four‐time winner of the Clarkson Cup. She reminisces on the journey she had during her career, the challenges she faced and support she had around her.-Watch on YouTube
Pierre Turgeon, born August 28, 1969, in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, is the highest-scoring retired player in NHL history who, up to 2023, had not been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. That status has now changed.
Turgeon was a Junior sensation with the Granby Bisons. In 1985-86, he collected 115 points, was named to the QMJHL’s Third All-Star Team, and received the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the Offensive Rookie of the Year. He followed that with a 154-point performance in 1986-87, again was named to the QMJHL’s Third All-Star Team, and was the winner of the Michael Bossy Trophy as the Best Professional Prospect in the league.
In 2023, the Selection Committee elected Pierre Turgeon to the Player Category of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductee Ring of Pierre Turgeon
TSN Presents: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Pierre Turgeon – Pierre Turgeon had 515 goals and 812 assists in 19 NHL seasons. The former Islanders star was the captain of the Canadiens in the team’s final season at the Montreal Forum. He honours his family, former teammates, and all the individuals that were by his side during his hockey career. –Watch on YouTube
A two-time Stanley Cup champion and the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy and the William Jennings Trophy, Mike Vernon backstopped his NHL teams to 385 victories through an outstanding 19-season career.
Born February 24, 1963, in Calgary, Alberta, his destiny was established by the age of four. “I had three brothers,” he laughed. “When it came time to play hockey, they always said the same thing: ‘Get Mikey. He’ll play net.'”
Mike Vernon represented Canada at two international tournaments. At the IIHF World Junior Championship in 1983, Team Canada took the bronze medal. At the 1991 IIHF World Championship, the Canadians won the silver medal.
To honour his outstanding career, Mike Vernon was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category in 2023.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Inductee Ring of Mike Vernon
TSN Presents: Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Mike Vernon – Mike Vernon won the Cup with his hometown Calgary Flames in 1989 and the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 — adding the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with that second title. He reminisces playing on the outdoor rink as a child to transitioning to playing in the NHL and the memories he made. –Watch on YouTube
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Award Winners: A Night of Reflection and Celebration
Congratulations to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees! We greatly appreciate and recognize your multiple achievements in the hockey community.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony becomes not only a recognition of past achievements but a celebration of the enduring spirit of the sport. The 2023 Class represents the culmination of years of dedication, skill, and passion for hockey.
It is a night to honour the legends and builders who have enriched the game and left an indelible impact on the hearts of fans worldwide.
The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 embodies the essence of excellence, sportsmanship, and dedication. From Lundqvist’s unparalleled goaltending feats to Ouellette’s trailblazing achievements in women’s hockey, and the remarkable contributions of Vernon, Barrasso, Turgeon, Hitchcock, and Lacroix.
We celebrate the remarkable careers that have forever etched these names in hockey history.
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