There will be a distinctly Canadian flavour when the Class of 2020 goes
into the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall.
Of the six names announced Wednesday, five have connections to Hockey
Canada – Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St-Pierre and Doug Wilson will be
enshrined in the player category, while Ken Holland will go in as a
A closer look at the inductees…
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
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
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 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
The Châteauguay, Que., native backstopped Canada to Olympic gold medals in
2002, 2006 and 2010, and added IIHF Women’s World 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.
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
The lone member of the group not to represent Canada as a player, Ken 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.
The quintet will officially be inducted on Nov. 16 at the Hockey Hall of
Fame in Toronto, joined by fellow inductee Marian Hossa, although plans for
the ceremony are tentative due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.