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Sunday, 15 February, 2015 11:09 PM

Sergei Federov, Tom Izzo among those inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

Former New York Yankees' Shortstop Derek Jeter will have to wait until next year due to travel issues on the East Coast

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The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Class
(L to R) Tom Izzo, Barry Larkin, Sheila Taormina, Aleta Sill, Sergei Fedorov, Doug English

 

 

by Pete Bublitz
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DETROIT -- Six inductees were honored as the 2015 class of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board. The inductees were as followed: Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov, MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo, Cincinnati Reds HOFer/U-M alumni Barry Larkin, Olympian Sheila Taormina, Lions D-line great Doug English, and bowling legend Aleta Sill.

The evening began with an air of misfortune. Plane issues left Derek Jeter grounded on the East Coast and thus was announced as a guarantee for next year to those who arrived in Yankee apparel and otherwise. He is the second inductee to have his induction postponed until next year, after Mike Modano whose absence was confirmed long before the day of the event.

And yet, the 2015 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony proceeded positively because of the rapport among the honorees themselves. A mix of prior inductees and new additions established the atmosphere with light ribbing and a reflective gratefulness to those who got them to this point. The first inductee honored, former Lions Defensive Lineman Doug English, noted that “Coaches make great athletes… it’s not all polyester shorts and whistles.”

Even the next honored inductee, Sheila Taormina, commented on her lifelong training from Coach Greg Phil through a recollected piece of advice concerning challenges: “’Look at what you do have… we have water.”

For Sergei Fedorov, it came down to once again being teamed with several Soviet hockey legends like Igor Larionov that he continued to learn from in his transition to North America. “It wasn’t easy, but after I started speaking English, it was all downhill,” he quipped to many laughs.

In regards to the impact of enshrinement and working towards impacting themselves and others, Larkin put it best: “As an athlete, everyone looks for validation.” The MSHOF is likely one such validation for all of them, since it was within the state that crucial parts of their lives and athletic careers played out.

For more information about the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, visit www.michigansportshof.org.

Related Stories: Rusty Wallace, Jim France honored at 26th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremony; Ricky Johnson, Ed Pink and Danny Sullivan inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America; Michigan Sports Hall of Fame exhibit opens at the Detroit Historical Museum

 

 

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Former Detroit Red Wings forward Sergei Federov

 

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Former Detroit Lions D-line great Doug English

 

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Michigan State Head Football Coach Tom Izzo

 

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Bowling legend Aleta Sill

 

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Cincinnati Reds HOFer/U-M alumni Barry Larkin

 

 

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Olympian Sheila Taormina from Livonia, Mich.

 

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