Iginla, Hossa headline 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class

Jarome Iginla
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The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of members to be inducted later this fall in Toronto, Ontario.

In 1,554 career games in the NHL, Iginla put up 625 goals (16th overall in NHL history) and 675 assists for 1,300 points (34th all-time). He was a four-time NHL All-Star, while also winning the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy twice as the NHL's leading goal scorer, and was also the Art Ross Trophy winner in the 2001-02 season as the league's leading scorer.

Iginla appeared in 81 career playoff games, where he scored 37 goals and added 31 assists for 68 points. However, the closest he got to ever winning the Stanley Cup was in 2004 when the Flames were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final in seven games.

Hossa then landed himself with the Penguins before the 2008 NHL Trade Deadline and ended up falling just short of the Stanley Cup championship in a loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The next year, Hossa would join the Red Wings, but end up falling short of the Stanley Cup again as Pittsburgh ended up claiming the title in 2009.

The native of Stara Lubovna, Czechoslovakia finally got his Stanley Cup ring the very next year after signing with the Chicago Blackhawks during the offseason. With Chicago, Hossa ended up playing in 534 games, while scoring 186 goals and 229 assists for 415 points. He would add another 73 points (21+52) in 107 playoff games, and won a total of three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks between the 2010 and 2015.

Hossa was forced into ending his professional career following the 2016-17 season as he was suffering from a progressive skin disorder. He said that he intended to officially retire after his contract expires following the 2020-21 season.

Wilson also played a long career in the NHL, spending 14 of his 16 years with the Blackhawks organization and two seasons with the San Jose Sharks. The offensive defenseman played in 1,024 career games while scoring 237 goals and 590 assists for 827 points. He finished his career ranked 12th on the all-time goals list among defensemen, while finishing 15th on the all-time list for points among defensemen.

After his playing career came to an end in 1993, Wilson went on to later become the general manager of the Sharks, where he currently serves in that role and has since 2003.

St. Pierre goes in to the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest goalies to play women's hockey with three Olympic gold medals, while also winning five IIHF World Championships with Team Canada. She helped Canada to three straight gold medal wins at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Finally, Holland will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this fall as part of the builder category. After an eight-year career of professional hockey primarily at the American Hockey League level, Holland got into the hockey operations side of the game when he took a scouting job with the Red Wings in 1985. He eventually worked his way up to becoming the general manager and Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations in Detroit before the 1997-98 season. 

In 34 years with the Red Wings organization, 22 as the general manager, Holland built a legacy in Detroit as the team went on to win four Stanley Cups (three as general manager) and made the playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons from 1990 to 2016.

Following the 2018-19 season, Holland left the Red Wings organization to join the Oilers, where he became general manager and President of Hockey Operations. 

The 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class is expected to be inducted some time in November, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, that time could be pushed back to a later date.

Among the notable names that did not make the list of members into the Hall of Fame in 2020 included Daniel Alfredsson, Alexander Mogilny, Tom Barrasso, Shane Doan, Rod Brind‘Amour, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk and Pierre Turgeon.

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