Bye is joined by Lundström, Modry, Trojak, Tureanu and Numminen
ZURICH – Karyn Bye, USA, will become the fifth woman to be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame. She will be joined by players Tord Lundström (Sweden), Bohumil Modry (Czech Republic), Ladislav Trojak (Slovakia), Doru Tureanu (Romania), and Kalevi Numminen (Finland) in the Builders’ category.
The IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on May 15, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia on the final day of the 75th IIHF World Championship. The inductees will be joined by Yuri Korolev (Russia), who will be awarded the Paul Loicq Award for outstanding contributions to international hockey.
The award is named after Paul Loicq, the Belgian who was the IIHF’s President for 25 years (1922-1947).
Scroll down for biographies of the six new members of the IIHF Hall of Fame and the Paul Loicq Award winner. The new honoured members of the IIHF Hall of Fame will be enshrined in the International (IIHF) Zone of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Modry and Trojak will be inducted posthumously.
Click here for a complete list of all honoured members since the IIHF Hall of Fame was introduced in 1997. It now boasts 166 greats from 22 countries.
The members to the IIHF Hall of Fame and the Paul Loicq Award recipient are selected by the IIHF Historical Committee.
Karyn Bye (-Dietz) (USA)
Born: May 18, 1971 in River Falls, Wisconsin, United States
One of the longest tenured members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Karyn Bye captured a medal at all 10 of her International Ice Hockey Federation competitions.
Bye played on boys teams until the age of 18 and had to always prove that she belonged while registering as K.L. Bye so that people wouldn’t know there was a girl on the team.
She led the United States to the gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, and silver medals at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, six IIHF World Women’s Championships (1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001) and two IIHF Pacific Women’s Championships (1995, 1996).
Bye starred in two (1998, 2002) Olympic Winter Games for the U.S. Women’s Olympic ice hockey team and helped lead her country to the first gold medal presented for women’s ice hockey, at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. She recorded 51 points (27 + 24) in 30 games during her six IIHF World Women’s Championship appearances and totaled 84 points (47 + 37) in 51 career games wearing a Team USA sweater.
Bye, one of the first power forwards in the women’s game, was a dominating player in the first Olympics with women’s participation. She led the gold-medal-winning U.S. team in Nagano with five goals and three assists for eight points in six games. She maintained her plus point-per-game pace four years later in Salt Lake City, collecting six points (3 + 3) in five games.
She was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
Tord Lundström (SWE)
Born: March 4, 1945 in Kiruna, Sweden
Tord Lundström was one of Sweden’s greatest forwards, dominant both on the national team and in domestic play with the Swedish Elite League. He played in 200 national teams games between 1964 and 1977, took part in nine top pool IIHF World Championships, and captured three silver medals and four bronze medals during an era of Soviet dominance.
In 73 World Championship games, Lundström collected an impressive 40 goals and 26 assists, underlining his status as a point-per-game player internationally for almost 15 years.
Lundström also played a key role in two Olympic Games, Grenoble 1968 and Sapporo 1972, and he was still a dominating figure on the national team as the 1976 Olympics approached. Sweden, however, didn’t enter a team to the Innsbruck games, but later that year Lundström was selected to Tre Kronor's inaugural Canada Cup team.
Lundström’s accomplishments domestically were equally impressive. In 14 top league seasons, he led his club Brynäs to a record nine national titles during a period when he amassed 629 points in 453 games in various competitions. He was named Sweden’s Player of the Year in 1971 and 1975 and was named to the Swedish league All-Star Team on eight occasions.
In 1973, at the age of 28, at a time when only his much younger Brynäs teammates Börje Salming and Inge Hammarström managed to permanently crack the lineup of an NHL team, Lundström signed with the Detroit Red Wings and played in 11 NHL games during the 1973-74 season. He became only the second Swedish forward to score an NHL goal.
His Brynäs jersey number 6 was the first one to be retired by the club.
Bohumil Modry (CZE)
Born: September 24, 1916 in Prague, Bohemia (Czech Republic)
Died: July 21, 1963 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic)
Bohumil Modry was considered the top European netminder of the immediate pre- and post-World War II era. He led Czechoslovakia to IIHF World Championship titles in 1947 and 1949 and won the Olympic silver medal and the European Championship in 1948 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. As well, he participated in the World Championships from 1937 to 1939, representing Czechoslovakia in a total of 71 games. Modry posted an impressive 1.27 goals-against average in his 35 World Championship games and a 2.00 GAA in Olympic competition.
In domestic league play, Modry played in the Czechoslovak elite league from its inception in 1936 and won six championship titles with LTC Prague. In 1950, Modry and the entire Czechoslovak national team fell victim to fabricated treason accusation by the Communist regime. Modry was sentenced to 15 years in jail, and although released before the end of his sentence, he died in 1963 in poor health as a result of the imprisonment.
Before his death, Modry became the first player to produce material about special education for goaltenders, publishing articles about goaltending training.
At the 2010 Olympics, Czech goaltender Ondrej Pavelec paid tribute to the Czech legend and had Modry’s image painted onto the side of his mask.
Bohumil Modry was named Honoured Member of the Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in the players’ category in 2008 and he has a street in Prague named after him.
Ladislav Trojak (SVK)
Born: June 15, 1914 in Kosice, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (Slovakia)
Died: November 8, 1948 in the English Channel (France / Great Britain)
Ladislav Trojak was the first Slovak ice hockey player to represent Czechoslovakia internationally, and he became the first Slovak to win an IIHF World Championship gold medal while representing Czechoslovakia, this at the 1947 World event in Prague. With this, Trojak became an inspiration for all Slovak athletes who dreamt about competing on the world stage.
Prior to the 1947 success, the first time Czechoslovakia won gold in ice hockey, Trojak was a five-time Czechoslovak champion with the powerhouse LTC Prague team to which he transferred in 1934 after leaving his maternal club CsCK Kosice.
A forward with great skating ability and defensive prowess, Trojak was first selected to the national team for the 1936 Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Additionally, he was selected for the five following IIHF World Championships, including the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland where Czechoslovakia lost the gold medal to Canada on goal ratio.
Trojak scored 17 goals in 32 World Championship games, and he added five more in 16 Olympic games. In total, Trojak represented his country on 75 occasions, a truly impressive number in an era when national team games were rare.
Czechoslovakia’s final game at the 1948 Olympics – a 4-3 win over the United States – would be Trojak’s last championship game for the national team. On November 8 the same year, Ladislav Trojak perished in an airplane crash over the English Channel along with five other members of the Czechoslovak team.
Trojak was inducted to the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 and his sweater number 9 has been retired and hangs in the rafters of the 2011 IIHF World Championship venue in his home town Kosice. The arena that opened in 2006 is named in honour of Ladislav Trojak.
Doru Tureanu (ROU)
Born: January 11, 1954 in Bucharest, Romania
Doru Tureanu was arguably the best Romanian forward during a period of almost two decades when Romanian ice hockey was at its best. A star for the perennial national champion Dinamo Bucharest between 1971 and 1987, Tureanu was the key element of the Romanian national team forming its top offensive line with Marian Costea and Dumitru Axinte.
Tureanu participated in two Olympic Games (Innsbruck 1976 and Lake Placid 1980) as well as 17 IIHF World Championships (A, B, and C Pools). During this period he represented his country in 100 international games scoring an incredible 74 goals and 39 assists, for a total of 112 points. In ten games at the Olympics, he scored ten goals and a total of 17 points.
A confident and skilful forward, Tureanu was blessed with an eye for a pass and capable of scoring against anyone. Legendary Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov was one of his admirers and once said that Tureanu had the skill to play for any team in the world. His finest hour was scoring two goals in a 5-4 win over the United States in the 1977 World Championship in Vienna, Austria, in what was arguably the greatest game ever played by the Romanian national team.
Tureanu entertained several offers from professional clubs in Western Europe, but he was not able to leave under the political circumstances of that era.
Kalevi Numminen (FIN)
Born: January 31, 1940 in Tampere, Finland
Kalevi Numminen was the first truly modern coach in Finnish hockey. He coached club team Tappara Tampere in total of ten seasons winning three national titles, three silver medals, and one bronze medal. Additionally, he coached the Finnish national team in 161 games with a record of 51 wins, 30 ties and 50 losses including five IIHF World Championships, one Olympic Games (Lake Placid 1980), and the 1981 Canada Cup.
Numminen began his ice hockey career as a defenceman for Tappara, a club he represented during his entire career of 201 games, scoring 81 points and recording 211 minutes in penalties. He won three gold medals, two silver, and one bronze in his 12-year career and received All Star Team nominations twice.
Numminen played 143 games with the Finnish national team, scoring 32 points, and represented Finland in seven IIHF World Championships and two Olympic Winter Games.
Numminen was inducted into the Finnish Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Coach of the Year award in the Finnish Hockey League is named after him. Numminen’s number 2 sweater is retired in Hakametsa Arena by Tappara, and he is the father of Teppo Numminen, a 20-season veteran of the NHL whose own number 27 was retired by the Phoenix Coyotes in January 2010.
(for outstanding contributions to international hockey)
Yuri Korolev (RUS)
Born: June 6, 1934 in Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)
Yuri Korolev has devoted 55 years of his life to hockey. Not having the qualities to fulfill his dreams to become a hockey player, Yuri Korolev decided early to help other aspiring athletes reach their goals. He entered the Institute for Physical Culture in 1954, ironically the year the Soviet Union won its first World Championship.
Korolev later started to educate coaches and during the period between 1964 and 1992 he was the head of the national ice hockey team research group whose work led to 17 IIHF World Championship gold medals and seven Olympic titles. In 1992, Yuri Korolev was elected to the IIHF Council and he was member of the IIHF’s executive body for six years, during which he also was the head of the Coaching Committee, where he continued with his passion to help others. Never a champion himself, Yuri Korolev has worked more than half a century to inspire generations of coaches to reach their dreams.
Photos: Mark Kauffman / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images, Jan Collsiöö / Scanpix, IIHF Archive