Iginla awestruck by Hall of Fame selection: It's 'truly hard to believe'

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The Calgary Flames great was officially announced to be headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Unlike Iginla, Lowe, 61, had to wait two decades to make it.

"I had a lot of positive, wonderful experiences, but a question I got asked a lot was, 'What are the chances of making it to the NHL?' And there aren't many Black players in the NHL". 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.

Hossa will become the second National Hockey League player enshrined despite still being on an National Hockey League payroll, following Chris Pronger in 2015.

"I'm not even a Hall of Famer in my own house, so joining this club means the world to me", Wilson is quoted as saying in the news release.

This was Iginla's first year of eligibility to be inducted into the hall, so you can tell that officials were absolutely itching to get the man this much-deserved accolade.

Hossa played on all three of the Blackhawks most recent Stanley Cup Championship teams in 2010, 2013, and 2015. "It was an fantastic moment".

Iginla holds the Flames franchise records for games played (1,219), goals (525), game-winning goals (83), and points (1,095).

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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 candidates needed to receive at least 14 votes.

The 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for November 13 in Toronto, though that could obviously change depending on the state of the coronavirus pandemic.

A sixth-round draft pick in 1994, Alfredsson won the Calder Trophy in 1996 as the NHL's top rookie after scoring 26 goals, made six trips to the NHL All-Star game and cracked the 40-goal mark twice.

Drafted by Edmonton 21st overall in 1979, Lowe won five Cups in his 13 seasons in the Alberta capital.

Iginla is the fourth Black player elected to the Hall, following former goaltender Grant Fuhr, women's hockey standout Angela James, and Black hockey pioneer Willie O'Ree. After wanting to be like Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, she traded in her figure skates for goalie equipment and backstopped Canada to three Olympic gold medals and five world championship titles. "It's a huge day". His 39 goals in the 1981-82 season with Chicago helped him earn his only career Norris Trophy. He has been the Sharks' general manager since 2003. She posted a 1.17 goals-against average for her country.

Following his playing career, Holland served as a scout with Detroit before moving up to assistant GM.

So clearly, a decorated career such as his was always going to be honoured with an induction to the Hall Of Fame.

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