The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced five players and two builders as its induction class of 2023, with Ouellette being the only female inductee of this class. Inducted alongside Caroline is goalies Henrik Lundqvist, Tom Barrasso, and Mike Vernon, player Pierre Turgeon, and builders Ken Hitchcock and Pierre Lacroix.
“The Hall of Fame has two slots available for women but chose not to name a second into its inductee class once again. The only time two women were inducted at once was in 2010 when Cammi Granato and Angela James were the first to become Hall of Fame members,” says The Hockey News.
“The Montreal native has won four Olympic gold medals, six World Championship golds and six World Championship silvers throughout her run with Team Canada. Ouellette also dominated the first iteration of the NWHL and CWHL, consistently finishing with over a point per game throughout her time in both leagues” (The Hockey News). Ouellette is also a four-time winner of the Clarkson Cup and earned a degree in criminology during her time in the NCAA playing for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
Four time Olympic Gold Medalist Caroline Ouellette was also just recently inducted into the IIHF Hall Of Fame on May 28, 2023.
“It’s a huge honour. You don’t think this could happen when you start playing. When you start on the national team, you’re just trying to make the team for years, to have as much success as you can with your team” ( IIHF ).
Read more about Ouellette’s IIHF HOF induction HERE.
Congratulations Caroline, you deserve this! 🙌 👏
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