Igor Larionov and Glenn Anderson are the two players to be inducted at this year's Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. They will be joined by the late Ed Chynoweth, former WHL president in the Builder Category and Ray Scapinello in the Referee/Linesman Category.
''The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members,'' said Jim Gregory of the Hockey Hall of Fame. ''Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.''
The Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 10th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Larionov won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and four World Championship titles for his native Russia in a long and storied career.
Larionov began his professional career with Khimik of the Russian League before moving on to CSKA Moscow, where he was united with Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov to form the famed KLM Line, widely recognized as the best line in hockey in the 1980s.
He was instrumental in leading Russia to victory at the 1981 Canada Cup, scoring two goals in an 8-1 win over Canada in the final.
''This is very exciting news, I can't really put into words or to describe what this honour means to me,'' said Larionov. ''It's very touching to know that I will be celebrating one of the top accomplishments in my hockey career by being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. So many great players from the 1900s to the current day are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. This truly is a great honour.''
After winning his second Olympic gold medal for Russia at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Larionov embarked on his NHL career at the age of 29. He joined Krutov in Vancouver where he played three seasons with the Canucks.
In 1993, the San Jose Sharks claimed Larionov in the waiver draft and gave him the opportunity to play with Makarov.
Early in the 1995-96 campaign, Larionov was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings and the following season, he hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time. He would win it again two years later.
Prior to the 2000-01 season, he signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers and played alongside the Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure. But the experiment failed and he was traded back to Detroit early in the season. He then captured a third Stanley Cup the following year.
After one season with the New Jersey Devils in 2003-04, Larionov retired with 169 goals and 475 assists for 644 points in 921 games.
Anderson was not the marquee member of the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s but he was an integral part of the dynasty with his ability to crash the net without fear.
Anderson won five Stanley Cups over his 11-year stint with the Oilers and was a regular among the playoff scoring leaders during his career. He captured his sixth and final Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.
''It's a great phone call to receive from Jim Gregory,'' said Anderson. ''It is an honour to go in and join many of my Edmonton Oilers' teammates, I know they have been very supportive, which means a lot.''
Anderson was selected 69th overall by the Oilers in the 1979 Entry Draft but decided to play with the Canadian national program leading up to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.
The speedy winger joined the Oilers for the 1980-81 campaign, scoring 30 goals and 53 points in 58 games. The following season, the Burnaby, BC native surpassed the 100-point plateau for the first time.
In 1983-84, Anderson fell short of the 100-point mark but did manage to record his first 50-goal season. He also won his first Stanley Cup, averaging almost a point per game during the playoff run.
The Oilers won the Cup again the next season and Anderson contributed 26 points in 18 games in the postseason. He would go on to win three more Cups before being traded, along with goalie Grant Fuhr, to the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 1991-92 season.
Anderson continued to be a clutch performer in the playoffs, helping the Leafs to within one victory of a berth in the Stanley Cup Final in 1993.
"It's definitely well deserved and long overdue," said Gretzky. "I don't think there was a better playoff-pressure player other than maybe Rocket Richard. His championships and statistics speak for themselves and, more importantly, he was an unselfish teammate."
The following season, Anderson lobbied the Maple Leafs to leave the club to join Canada's entry at the 1994 Olympic games in Lillehammer. However, the NHL turned down his request.
He was dealt to the New York Rangers for the stretch drive and won his sixth Stanley Cup with former Oiler teammates Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Esa Tikkanen.
He also had two stints with the St. Louis Blues and a return with the Oilers before retiring from the NHL with 498 goals and 1,099 points in 1,129 games.
In the Builder Category, the late Ed Chynoweth was the first full-time president of the Western Hockey League and served in that capacity from 1972 until 1995. In his honour, the WHL renamed the WHL Championship Trophy the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
''This is a tremendous honour for my father,'' said his son Dean Chynoweth. ''My father had a passion for the game of hockey and was committed to doing whatever it took to improve the game. Our entire family is very proud.''
Born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, Chynoweth also served as the president of the Canadian Hockey League for 20 years (1975-1995) and spent the past forty years working in Canadian major junior hockey. Most recently, Chynoweth served as president of the Kootenay Ice.
"He was the architect of the Canadian Hockey League as we know it today," said David Branch, OHL commissioner and Chynoweth's successor as CHL president.
Chynoweth passed away in April after battling liver cancer since 2006.
In the Referee/Linesman Category, Scapinello was a veteran official of 33 years, who officiated in 2,500 regular-season games, 426 playoff games, 20 Stanley Cup Finals, three NHL All-Star Games and the 1998 Olympics Hockey Tournament in Nagano, Japan.
''When I started in this business, my mindset was to keep working so I never could have imagined this,'' said Scapinello. ''I am very appreciative that former Referee-In-Chief Scotty Morrison took a chance and gave me the opportunity to have so many enjoyable years in the NHL.''