May 26, 2014
Ruslan Salei Emotionally Inducted Into IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame
As the IIHF World Hockey Championships came to a close this past weekend, the international hockey community honoured some of the all time greats with their latest inclusions in the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame.
Inducted were former Soviet dynamic duo Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov, Sweden's ace Niklas Lidstrom and Canada's Steve Yzerman. Canadian Murray Costello was honoured in the Builders category and Dr Mark Aubry given the Paul Loicq Award.
But the day's most emotional induction was reserved for the former captain of the Belarus national team, Ruslan Salei. The long time NHL defenseman was inducted posthumously as he perished along with his Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) teammates in the fateful airplane crash in 2011.
His widow Bethann, with their kids by her side, spoke via video feed of the sacrifice that her husband made for the game he loved so much. Salei’s mother and brother were in attendance to represent Salei for the induction.