Earlier this afternoon, prior to the Bronze Medal game between Team USA and Czechia, former New York Islanders captain, Mark Streit, was inducted into the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame. Streit was actually awarded the honor in 2020, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he was introduced as a member of the Hall of Fame in person earlier today.
The former Islander captain (also the first NHL captain in Swiss hockey history) played at 13 World Championships, nine as captain for Switzerland, and in four Olympic tournaments. Streit attributed much of his career success to his long time defensive partner and close friend, Mathias Seger, also named to the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame:
"It was always a great privilege to play this sport and, like Mathias mentioned before, you cannot do it on your own,” Streit said. “You need support, your families, your wives, your girlfriends, your team-mates, coaches and staff members. Without them, you’re nothing and that’s the beauty of our sport."- Mark Streit
Streit draws high praise in return for his contributions as a pioneer for Swiss hockey players:
"I also know that I wouldn’t be standing here without all the team-mates that I had. That’s one of the greatest things in our sport. It’s not the best individual who wins it’s always the best team is winning. That’s why I want to thank all my team-mates, especially my friend Mark. It was a pleasure to share this journey with you."- Mathias Seger
Streit was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens 262nd overall in the ninth round of the 2004 NHL Draft. He played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Canadiens, Islanders (serving as their 13th captain in franchise history between 2011-13), Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Streit won the Stanley Cup in 2017 with the Penguins.