Jarome Iginla will headline the Hockey Corridor of Fame’s class of 2020.

The Calgary Flames icon and former captain was in his first yr of eligibility following a standout profession that spanned from 1996 to 2017.

Three-time Stanley Cup champion Marian Hossa will be a part of Iginla within the gamers’ class, together with a pair of defencemen who’ve waited a very long time to listen to their names referred to as — Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson — and Canadian girls’s nationwide staff goalie Kim St-Pierre.

Edmonton Oilers normal supervisor Ken Holland, in the meantime, will go into the corridor as a builder, rounding out the 2020 class unveiled Wednesday in Toronto following a vote by the corridor’s 18-member choice committee.

Iginla, who additionally helped Canada win gold on the 2002 and 2010 Olympics, would be the fourth Black individual enshrined within the corridor, however simply the second acknowledged for on-ice accomplishments within the NHL.

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He is set to affix former Edmonton Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr, Angela James of the Canadian girls’s nationwide staff and Willie O’Ree, the league’s first Black participant, who was inducted as a builder.

“This choice is difficult to imagine and makes me mirror and look again on my profession,” Iginla stated. “I used to be all the time simply attempting to make the NHL and this recognition means lots to me and my household.”

Iginla registered 525 targets and 1,095 factors in 1,219 video games from 1996 via 2013 with Calgary earlier than stops with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. The 42-year-old Edmonton native completed his profession with 1,300 factors in 1,554 regular-season contests, to go together with 37 targets and 31 assists in 81 playoff outings.

The winger put up strong numbers regardless of taking part in a big portion of his profession throughout the so-called lifeless puck period, when defensive play reigned earlier than the NHL instituted quite a lot of rule adjustments following the 2004-05 lockout.

Iginla gained the Artwork Ross Trophy because the league’s main scorer in 2001-02, and grabbed the Rocket Richard Trophy with probably the most targets that season and once more in 2003-04.

Chosen 11th total within the 1995 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars earlier than being dealt to the Flames as a part of the Joe Nieuwendyk commerce, Iginla willed Calgary to Sport 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup ultimate earlier than they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He by no means once more acquired near hockey’s final prize.

Hossa gained Stanley Cup three occasions

Hossa was additionally elected in his first yr of eligibility and joins 2015 inductee Chris Pronger as the one gamers to enter the corridor whereas nonetheless below contract. Like Pronger, Hossa certified as a result of he hasn’t performed in three years and retired in 2018 due to a pores and skin dysfunction.

A talented, two-way winger, Hossa gained the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He reached the ultimate two different occasions, had 149 factors in 205 playoff video games and completed with 1,134 factors in 1,309 video games with the Senators, Thrashers, Penguins, Crimson Wings and Blackhawks.

“This honour means a lot to me,” Hossa stated. “I’ve realized a lot about life via the sport of hockey and am very appreciative of this recognition.”

Drafted 21st total by the Edmonton Oilers in 1979, Lowe performed 13 seasons within the Alberta capital, successful 5 Stanley Cups. After being traded to the New York Rangers in 1992, Lowe performed 4 extra seasons, including a sixth title in 1994.

Kim St-Pierre celebrates after successful gold on the 2006 Olympics. (Don Emmert/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

St-Pierre performed boys’ hockey till she was 18, earlier than becoming a member of the ladies’s staff at McGill College. She would go on to play within the CWHL and signify Canada on the worldwide stage, serving to her nation seize three Olympic gold medals and 5 world championships. She is the eighth girl to be named to the corridor, and the primary feminine goaltender.

Gamers who grew to become managers

Wilson was the seventh total choice by Chicago in 1977, and would play 14 seasons with the Blackhawks. Traded to the San Jose Sharks in 1991, he performed his ultimate two seasons on the West Coast earlier than later transferring to the staff’s entrance workplace, the place he has served as GM since 2003. In 1,024 NHL regular-season video games, Wilson recorded 237 targets and 827 factors.

After his taking part in profession, Holland served as a scout with Detroit. From there he moved as much as assistant GM. Named the Crimson Wings’ GM in 1997, he spent 22 seasons within the submit, successful three Cups. Throughout his tenure in Detroit, his staff gained extra mixed regular-season and playoff video games (1,044) than some other NHL franchise.

Ken Holland speaks at a press convention in October forward of his first season as GM of the Oilers. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Holland was employed as GM of the Oilers final Might.

The 18-member Corridor of Fame choice committee voted remotely for the primary time due to journey difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic. These residing within the Toronto space met in a convention room to find out the inductees, who acquired congratulatory calls from chairman of the board Lanny McDonald.

It is unclear if the corridor will maintain its conventional in-person induction ceremony in November. The NHL remains to be engaged on attempting to renew its season after suspending play in March, with the playoffs doubtlessly extending into October and delaying the beginning of subsequent season till December or January.


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