2020 hhof inductees

Fab five headed to the Hall

Holland, Iginla, Lowe, St-Pierre and Wilson part of Class of 2020 for Hockey Hall of Fame

Jason La Rose
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June 25, 2020
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There will be a distinctly Canadian flavour when the Class of 2020 goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall.

Of the six names announced Wednesday, five have connections to Hockey Canada – Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St-Pierre and Doug Wilson will be enshrined in the player category, while Ken Holland will go in as a builder.

A closer look at the inductees…

Jarome Iginla stood atop the podium almost everywhere he went with Team Canada – at the 1994 La Copa Mexico (summer under-18), 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship, 1997 IIHF World Championship, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

The St. Albert, Alta., native recorded 44 points in 47 games across seven international appearances, but it is the 44th – his 19th and final assist – that will long have a place in Canadian hockey lore.

The screams of “Iggy! Iggy!” came just seconds before Sidney Crosby took a pass from Iginla and slipped a shot five-hole on U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller, giving Canada a historic home-ice Olympic gold in Vancouver and adding the final piece to an impressive international trophy case.

He always seemed to be at his best on the game’s biggest stage; in addition to his helper on the Golden Goal in 2010, Iginla recorded two goals and an assist in the 2002 Olympic gold medal game, helping Canada end a 50-year drought.

Kevin Lowe represented his country just twice, both early in a 19-year pro career that included six Stanley Cup championships; the Lachute, Que., product helped Canada to bronze at the 1982 IIHF World Championship, and won a Canada Cup title in 1984.

But his greatest international accomplishments came off the ice. Lowe was part of Canada’s management team at four consecutive Olympic Winter Games, winning gold medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014 as a right-hand man to executive directors Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman.

He served in a similar role when Canada won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and built Canada’s entry for the 2012 IIHF World Championship as general manager.

One of the greatest to ever strap on the pads, Kim St-Pierre is the gold standard by which all other goaltenders are measured in the women’s game.

The first female netminder to earn induction, St-Pierre ranks at or near the top in every major category with Canada’s National Women’s Team – she is first in games played (83), minutes played (4,552), wins (64) and shutouts (29), and sits second in goals-against average (1.17) and save percentage (.939).

The Châteauguay, Que., native backstopped Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2002, 2006 and 2010, and added IIHF Women’s World Championship gold in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007.

In addition to the team success, St-Pierre earned her share of individual accolades; she was named Top Goaltender and to the all-star team at the 2002 Olympics, was Top Goaltender at the 2001 and 2004 women’s worlds, and had another all-star nod at the 2007 world championship.

Doug Wilson made just a single appearance in the Maple Leaf during his 16-year playing career, joining Lowe on the blue-line at the 1984 Canada Cup.

The Ottawa product got involved off the ice following his playing days, serving as a consultant with Canada’s National Junior Team during its run of five consecutive gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship in the mid-1990s, and in the same role with Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 1998 Games.

The lone member of the group not to represent Canada as a player, Ken Holland has been a frequent contributor in the boardroom over the last 15 years.

Best known as a three-time Stanley Cup champion as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, the Penticton, B.C., native first joined the Team Canada staff as assistant general manager at the 2005 IIHF World Championship, where Canada won silver.

He was general manager at the 2006 worlds and won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, as well as a World Cup of Hockey championship in 2016.

The quintet will officially be inducted on Nov. 16 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, joined by fellow inductee Marian Hossa, although plans for the ceremony are tentative due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
514-895-9706
dsaillant@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

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