The IIHF today has been steadily announcing their 2018 induction class, and the first player to be revealed is Daniel Alfredsson. The longtime Sens captain saw success in many international tournaments, and has cemented himself as one of the most important international players of all time.
In the NHL, Alfredsson was the first European born captain to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. He’s also participated in five Olympic Games (winning a gold and silver medal), seven IIHF World Championships (winning two silver and two bronze), and two World Cups. He also recently served as a team consultant for Sweden at the 2016 World Cup.
On top of Alfredsson, the 2018 induction class includes Jere Lehtinen (Finland) and Rob Blake (Canada), with more announcements coming later today.
Alfredsson is also a leading candidate to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2018, a list that won’t be revealed until June next year.