Hockey inducts first women to Hall

The Hockey Hall of Fame has opened its doors to women for the first time

Players Angela James of Canada and Cammi Granato of the United States received their Hall of Fame rings on Monday.

They were inducted with former NHL star Dino Ciccarelli, builder Jim Devellano and the late Daryl "Doc" Seaman, one of the founders of the Calgary Flames. The acceptance speeches are Monday night.

The Hall of Fame established separate induction criteria for women this year, paving the way for James and Granato.

Granato played on two Olympic women’s hockey teams: the 1998 team that won a gold medal for the U.S. and the 2002 Olympic team, which won a silver medal. She also appeared in nine world championships, winning one gold and eight silver medals. In 2008, Granato was among the first women inducted in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hockey Hall of Fame and the first woman to be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

James, a native of Toronto, won four world championship gold medals representing Team Canada. She was also inducted in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.