The International Ice Hockey Federation announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees and two former Caps made the cut. Peter Bondra and Sergei Fedorov will join Valeri Kamenski, Ville Peltonen and builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith in the 2016 class.
Peter Bondra represented Slovakia in seven international competitions winning a gold medal in the 2002 IIHF World Championship and a bronze medal in the 2003 tournament.
According to the release:
The defining moment in Slovakia’s hockey history occurred on 11 May 2002, in Gothenburg, Sweden. With exactly 100 seconds left in the third period of the Slovakia-Russia gold-medal game, Peter Bondra rifled a shot under the blocking arm of Maxim Sokolov, his second goal of the game, to give Slovakia a 4-3 win over Russia and its first ever gold medal.
It immediately became to Slovak sports what Paul Henderson’s goal was to Canada or Mike Eruzione’s goal to the United States.
Bondra spent 14 seasons with the Capitals. His 472 goals with the Caps stood as the most in franchise history until that mark was eclipsed in April by Alex Ovechkin.
Equally impressive was Bondra’s NHL career. Arguably the greatest Slovak to play in the league after Peter Stastny, Bondra had a career in which he eclipsed the vaunted 500-goal plateau and 1,000-game mark. After 16 years, 13 of which came with Washington, he retired in 2007 at age 39, his reputation solidified in both international and NHL circles.
Fedorov became a star player with the Detroit Red Wings and for his native Russia. He helped lead the Soviet Union to world championships in 1989 and 1990 and then Russia in 2008. He was traded from Columbus to the Caps in 2008 and scored one of the most famous goals in franchise history in the 2009 playoffs.
It's been a good year for Fedorov as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2015.
The IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Moscow on May 22.
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