The year 2020 will go down in history as a very weird year. With the season put on hold, we have a rare moment when the Hockey Hall of Fame class is announced before the Stanley Cup is awarded, but here we are.
.@HockeyHallFame Class of 2020: Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St. Pierre and Ken Holland (builder).— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 24, 2020
Today it was announced that Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St. Pierre, and Ken Holland have all named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. All people who have had stellar careers and have benefited the game in multiple ways.
Marian Hossa is a player who has a rather unique history with the Arizona Coyotes. He was knocked out of the playoffs by then-Coyote Raffi Torres during the first round of the Coyotes run to the Western Conference Finals. He was then acquired by the Desert Dogs in the deal that brought Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle, and a third-round pick to Arizona.
This was the first year that former-Captain Shane Doan was eligible to be selected for the Hall of Fame. Doan had a stellar career, and there are arguments to be made for him to be selected eventually. But it is not surprising that he didn’t make it in during his first year of eligibility.