2020 hhof inductees

Say hello to the Hall

After a one-year delay, a Canadian-heavy group are finally taking their rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame

Jason La Rose
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November 15, 2021
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There will be a distinctly Canadian flavour when the Class of 2020 is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.

Almost 17 months after they were first announced (the induction ceremony was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic), six legends will take their place among the game’s immortals in downtown Toronto.

Of the sextet who will be honoured, five have connections to Hockey Canada – Ken Holland, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St-Pierre and Doug Wilson. (The sixth member of the group is Slovak standout Marian Hossa.)

Before they earn hockey’s highest honour, let’s take a closer look at the five Canadians.

KEN HOLLAND

The lone member of the group not to represent Canada as a player, 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. He is back again as part of the staff with Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team for the 2022 Games in Beijing.

The Quote: “The thing I learned most from Kenny was about hiring good people. He lets them do the job and I do, too. When you get into these [GM] positions, you think you know it all and can do it all, but if the manager hires good people and lets them do the job, that’s best.” -- Jim Nill (Edmonton Sun)

JAROME IGINLA

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.

The Quote: “It’s a stacked Canadian team [in Salt Lake City] and you’re on it, and a key player on that team. And then you’re out for dinner and four people from Calgary who you don’t know approach you humbly just to say hello really, and for him to find out that they’re down there and they have tickets but they’ve been sleeping in their car and to get up and go get them a hotel room … and pay for it. That’s him in a nutshell. He’s an unbelievably approachable, humble person and he has a heart of gold.” -- Al Coates (Calgary Sun)

TEAM CANADA STATISTICS
1994 La Copa Mexico – 5G 9A 13P (gold medal)
1996 IIHF World Junior Championship – 5G 7A 12P (gold medal)
1997 IIHF World Championship – 2G 3A 5P (gold medal)
2002 Olympic Winter Games – 3G 1A 4P (gold medal)
2004 World Cup of Hockey – 2G 1A 3P (champions)
2006 Olympic Winter Games – 2G 1A 3P (7th place)
2010 Olympic Winter Games – 5G 2A 7P (gold medal)

KEVIN LOWE

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.

The Quote: “Whatever team he's been a part of, whatever his role whether as a player or in management, Kevin's been a winner. And he's also the guy that brings the team together.” -- Craig Simpson (NHL.com)

TEAM CANADA STATISTICS
1982 IIHF World Championship – 1G 1A 2P (bronze medal)
1984 Canada Cup – 0G 4A 4P (champions)

KIM ST-PIERRE

One of the greatest to ever strap on the pads, 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 World Women’s 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.

The Quote: “One thing that really separated Kim from her competition was her ability to kind of flirt with the line between cockiness and confidence. If you played for her, you felt so confident that she was going to make every save. And if you played against her, she made every save look easy.” -- Caroline Ouellette (NHL.com)

TEAM CANADA STATISTICS
1999 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 2-0 / 0.50 GAA / 1 SO (gold medal)
2000 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 2-0 / 1.20 GAA / 0 SO (gold medal)
2001 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 3-0 / 0.67 GAA / 2 SO (gold medal)
2002 Olympic Winter Games – 4-0 / 1.25 GAA / 2 SO (gold medal)
2004 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 2-1 / 1.00 GAA / 2 SO (gold medal)
2005 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 2-1 / 0.00 GAA / 3 SO (silver medal)
2006 Olympic Winter Games – 2-0 / 0.50 GAA / 1 SO (gold medal)
2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 3-0 / 0.33 GAA / 2 SO (gold medal)
2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 2-1 / 2.63 GAA / 0 SO (silver medal)
2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 2-0 / 0.00 GAA / 2 SO (silver medal)
2010 Olympic Winter Games – 2-0 / 0.00 GAA / 2 SO (gold medal)
2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 1-0 / 0.00 GAA / 1 SO (silver medal)

DOUG WILSON

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 Quote: “He had an outstanding hockey IQ. He saw the game and read the game. If you put him in today's game the way the game is played now, you see the numbers he put up then, he'd put up even bigger numbers now.” -- Darryl Sutter (NHL.com)

TEAM CANADA STATISTICS
1984 Canada Cup – 2G 1A 3P (champions)

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
514-895-9706
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
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