Today is a proud day for fans of the Detroit Red Wings.
Olympic gold medal winners Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom, who were both Stanley Cup-winning captains for the Red Wings, will join the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
The 2014 class for the Hall of Fame also includes Vyacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khomutov, both former Soviet Union Olympic champion teammates, as well as the late Ruslan Salei of Belarus, who died in a 2011 plane crash that killed an entire Russian team.
Th induction ceremony is set to be held in May at the world championships in Belarus, according to the IIHF.
Yzerman led Canada into the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic gold medal match-up, which he and his teammates won. He played his entire NHL career with the Red Wings from the 1983-84 season through the 2005-06 season. He scored 692 goals over his career in 1063 attempts.
Lidstrom also played his entire NHL career with the Red Wings, spanning from 1991-92 to 2011-12. He scored the final goal for Sweden in the 2006 Turin Olympic final.
Bykov has two Olympic gold medals under his belt, having won in 1988 and 1992, as well as five world championships. He also coached Russia to two world titles.
Khomutov has six world titles and three Olympic gold medals.
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