Iginla was a power forward on the wing with an outstanding goal. He had 625 goals and 675 assists for 1,300 points in 1,554 N.H.L. Games for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. He had 68 points in 81 playoff games and led Calgary mainly to the seventh game of the 2004 Stanley Cup final.
Hossa was also elected in his first year of eligibility and is the only player to join Chris Pronger in 2015 who is still under contract. Like Pronger, Hossa qualified because he hadn’t played in three years. He retired in 2018 due to a skin condition.
As an experienced two-way winger, Hossa won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015 with Chicago. He lost in the final in 2008 and 2009, had 149 points in 205 playoff games and ended with 1,134 points in 1,309 regular season games with the Senators from Ottawa, Atlanta Thrashers, Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
“Going through the failures makes you stronger,” said Hossa, who joins Slovak compatriots Stan Mikita and Peter Stastny as Hall of Famers. “Perhaps for me the third time is the attraction. Not only in the final when he won the Stanley Cup, but also as the third Slovak.”
Lowe and Wilson had to wait more than 20 years to be accepted. Wilson, who won the Norris Trophy in 1982 as the best defender in the league and retired in 1993, said: “Timing never meant anything to me. That is an understatement. Worth the wait. “
Lowe won the cup six times – five times with the Oilers and once with the New York Rangers in 1994. Hall chairwoman Lanny McDonald joked with Lowe: “You only won six Stanley Cups, you selfish rascal.”
St. Pierre will be the eighth woman in the hall and the first goalkeeper. After wanting to be the goalkeeper of the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame like Patrick Roy, she exchanged her figure skates for goalie gear and stopped Canada with three Olympic gold medals and five world titles.
“It was never easy as the only girl,” said St. Pierre, who played in boys’ leagues until she was 18. “I really had to fight every day to not be the best, just to play among all the boys.” But I think it made me the person I am today, never giving up and always being ready when I had the opportunity to step on the ice. “