Here’s a numerical look at the four players:
Brodeur was 691-397-49 with 105 ties in 1,266 NHL appearances, all but the last seven with the New Jersey Devils. His 688 wins with the Devils are by far the most by any goalie with one team. He had a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts in 22 seasons, and he’s first in NHL history in games played, wins and shutouts by a goalie.
Brodeur won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie four times (2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2007-08), trailing Jacques Plante (seven times), Bill Durnan (six), Dominik Hasek (six) and Ken Dryden (five) for the most since the inception of the award in 1926-27.
He owns the most career 30-win seasons in League history (14), including an NHL-record 12 in a row from 1995-96 to 2007-08. Brodeur had eight seasons with at least 40 wins and set a single-season NHL record with 48 wins in 2006-07, a mark matched by Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals in 2015-16.
His final NHL win and shutout came as a member of the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 29, 2014. At 42 years, 237 days, Brodeur became the fifth-oldest goalie in NHL history to earn a shutout.
Brodeur helped the Devils advance to the Stanley Cup 17 times in 21 seasons and win the Cup three times in a span of nine seasons (1995, 2000 and 2003). He was 113-91 in 205 postseason appearances with a 2.02 GAA, a .919 save percentage and a Stanley Cup-record 24 shutouts. He is second in playoff wins to Patrick Roy (151). Six of those wins came in Game 7s; he’s tied with Roy and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers for the most in playoff history.
Brodeur set a playoff record with seven shutouts during the Devils’ Cup run in 2003. Three of those shutouts came in the Final against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, making Brodeur the third goalie in NHL history with three shutouts, joining Clint Benedict (1926 Montreal Maroons) and Frank McCool (1945 Toronto Maple Leafs).
In addition to stopping the puck, Brodeur was credited with three goals (two in the regular season, one in the playoffs) and 57 assists (45 in the regular season, 12 in the playoffs). His combined total of 60 points (three goals, 57 assists) by a goalie are second in NHL history behind fellow Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr (61 points, all assists).
Brodeur also helped Canada win the World Cup of Hockey (2004), two Olympic gold medals (2002 and 2010) and two silver medals at the IIHF World Championship (1996 and 2005).
Martin St. Louis
St. Louis was undrafted but went on to finish his NHL career with 1,033 points (391 goals, 642 assists) in 1,134 games. Among players to debut since 1963-64 (following the NHL’s first draft), St. Louis is one of seven undrafted skaters to amass at least 1,000 career points (along with Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Adam Oates, Peter Stastny, Dino Ciccarelli and Joe Mullen) and one of seven to compile at least 600 assists (Gretzky, Oates, Esposito, Stastny, Bobby Orr and Borje Salming).
He played four seasons at the University of Vermont and had stints in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League before breaking into the NHL with the Calgary Flames in 1998-99. His first two NHL games came in Tokyo as part of the League’s second venture outside North America for regular-season games (Oct. 9-10, 1998).
St. Louis is one of three players in NHL history listed at 5-foot-8 or shorter to finish his career with more than 1,000 points, joining Henri Richard (1,046) and Theo Fleury (1,088). He, Richard, Fleury and Cliff Ronning are the only undrafted players with at least 600 career assists.
St. Louis is the only player in the history of the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer; he did it in 2003-04 and again in 2012-13. The eight years between Art Ross wins is the largest such gap by any player since the award was introduced in 1947-48. His second win also made St. Louis (37 years, 314 days) the oldest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy; the record had been set in 1962-63 by Gordie Howe (34 years, 358 days).
After signing with the Lightning on July 31, 2000, St. Louis went on to set Tampa Bay records for career assists (588) and points (953). He also owns the Lightning record for playoff goals (35) and points (68). St. Louis led all players with 15 assists in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Lightning win their first Stanley Cup. His 15 assists in 2004 remain a single-postseason Lightning record.
St. Louis scored 15 regular-season goals against Brodeur, tied for the fifth-most against his fellow member of the Class of 2018 behind Simon Gagne (19), Jaromir Jagr (18), Mike Knuble (18) and Eric Lindros (16). St. Louis also scored five playoff goals against Brodeur.
While playing for Canada, St. Louis won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, two silver medals at the IIHF World Championship (2008, 2009) and helped Canada win the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.
Yakushev will be the eighth player born and trained in Russia to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Valeri Kharlamov, Igor Larionov, Sergei Makarov and Vladislav Tretiak. He is also a member of the Russian Hockey Hall of Fame and the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Yakushev was a key member of the Soviet national team that faced Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, an eight-game series between the two countries that pitted the Soviets against professional players from the NHL for the first time. Yakushev led the Soviet Union with 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in eight games; his seven goals tied Canada’s Phil Esposito and Paul Henderson for the series lead. Canada won the series 4-3 with one tie.
In the 1974 Summit Series, which matched the Soviet national team against professional players from the World Hockey Association, Yakushev again led his team in scoring with eight points (six goals, two assists) in seven games. The Soviet Union won the series 4-1 with three ties.
Yakushev helped the Soviet Union win the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 1972 and 1976, and was a member of seven gold medal-winning teams at the IIHF World Championship. He was named to the tournament all-star team in 1974 and 1975 and presented the Directorate Award as the top forward in 1975 after finishing with 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in eight games.
In 21 games against players from the NHL and WHA, Yakushev had 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists).
Hefford joins five other female hockey stars and trailblazers in the Hall of Fame: Angela James (2010), Cammi Granato (2010), Geraldine Heaney (2013), Angela Ruggiero (2015) and Danielle Goyette (2017).
She ranks second all-time in scoring on the Canadian National Women’s team with 291 points (157 goals, 134 assists) in 267 games played. Hefford represented Canada in each of the first five Olympic Winter Games to feature women’s hockey, winning a gold medal in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. She and teammates Hayley Wickenheiser and Caroline Ouellette are the only players in women’s hockey history to win a gold medal in four consecutive Olympics. Hefford scored the winning goal in the 2002 final against the United States.
Hefford appeared in 12 IIHF Women’s World Championships from 1997-2013, winning seven gold medals and five silver medals. She was a member of five consecutive gold medal-winning teams from 1997-2004, named a Tournament All-Star on three occasions (1999, 2004, 2008) and presented the Directorate Award as the Top Forward in 2004 and 2005.
At the club level, Hefford spent 14 seasons with the Brampton Thunder across two leagues (National Women’s Hockey League in 1998-2007; Canadian Women’s Hockey League in 2007-13), winning the championship in 2006-07 and 2007-08. She won the CWHL Most Valuable Player award in the league’s inaugural season (2007-08) and won the Angela James Bowl as the CWHL’s leading scorer in 2008-09. In 2015-16, the CWHL introduced the Jayna Hefford Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s most outstanding player as voted by the players.