- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St. Pierre and Ken Holland were selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2020 class Wednesday.

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.

Iginla played more than 1,500 NHL games, the majority of them for the Calgary Flames, and earned six All-Star appearances. He finished his career with precisely 1,300 points (625 goals, 675 assists) and is Calgary’s all-time franchise leader in points, goals and games played.

Hossa’s 19-year NHL career was split among Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago, and in his later years he won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks. Hossa amassed 525 goals and 609 assists in his career.

Lowe was a longtime stay-at-home defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers who won six Stanley Cups with the dynasty headed by Wayne Gretzky. Wilson, too, was a top defensemen in the 1980s, spending most of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks and winning the 1982 Norris Trophy for top defenseman. He currently serves as the San Jose Sharks’ general manager.

In the women’s category, St. Pierre dominated her era as a Canadian goaltender who led her country to three Olympic gold medals and five IIHF world titles. And Holland came out of the “builder” category, recognized for his success as the longtime general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Among the players who were eligible but not selected for induction include two former Capitals stars: defenseman Sergei Gonchar and forward Peter Bondra.

• This story is based in part on wire service reports.

• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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