Iginla tops 2020 Hall of Fame class

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

Jarome Iginla head­lines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 af­ter be­ing elected in his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Iginla will be the fourth Black player in­ducted af­ter Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pi­o­neer An­gela James and Wil­lie O’Ree. Iginla and Fuhr are the only Black NHL play­ers en­shrined for their on-ice ac­com­plish­ments, while O’Ree was cho­sen in the builder cat­e­gory in 2018 for break­ing the league’s color bar­rier 60 years ear­lier.

The long­time Cal­gary Flames cap­tain was the first Black player to lead the NHL in goals and points and was the first Black ath­lete in any sport to win a gold medal in the Win­ter Olympics. A first-gen­er­a­tion Cana­dian whose father is Nige­rian and mother is Amer­i­can, Iginla owns the big­gest as­sist in Canada’s his­tory of in­ter­na­tional hockey. He passed the puck to Sid­ney Crosby for Crosby’s “golden goal” at the 2010 Olympics in Van­cou­ver.

Iginla is joined in the 2020 class by winger Mar­ian Hossa, de­fense­men Kevin Lowe and Doug Wil­son, Cana­dian women’s star Kim St. Pierre and long­time gen­eral man­ager Ken Hol­land.

A power for­ward with a pro­lific scor­ing touch,

Iginla had 625 goals and 675 as­sists for 1,300 points in 1,554 reg­u­lar-sea­son NHL games for the Flames, Avalanche, Pen­guins and Kings. He had 68 points in 81 play­off games and led Cal­gary to Game 7 of the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal in 2004.

Hossa was also elected in his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity and joins 2015 in­ductee Chris Pronger as the only play­ers to go into the hall while still un­der con­tract. Like Pronger, Hossa qual­i­fied be­cause he hasn’t played in three years and re­tired in 2018 be­cause of a skin dis­or­der.

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