The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020 was announced yesterday in Toronto. Former NHL players Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, and Doug Wilson made the cut along with Hockey Canada goaltender Kim St. Pierre. Longtime GM Ken Holland will be inducted in the Builder category.
Iginla and Hossa both were inducted on their first year of eligibility. Doug Wilson had to wait 24 years, Lowe 19. Iginla is the first black hockey player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player; Willie O’Ree, the first black NHL player, was inducted in 2018 as a Builder.
Obviously, Iggy was thrilled.
Jarome Iginla only played for the Bruins for a single season, 2013-2014, but he made a huge impression on his teammates.
Jarome’s time in Boston was short.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 24, 2020
Thinking about how much his fellow players on that team loved him, I was reminded of his first return to Calgary after the 2013 season, in which he had been traded to the Penguins. Chara et al wouldn’t let him come off the ice so easily during his third star of the game celebration.