"Getting the chance to get drafted by the Ottawa Senators at the beginning of my career, it's unreal and it went (by) so fast and here we are on a phone call and I'm getting into the Hockey Hall of Fame", said Hossa, one of the most humble people you've ever met.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for November 16 in Toronto. The former Flames star got the nod in his first year of eligibility.
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.
"I know it was special to me", Iginla said.
Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women's hockey pioneer Angela James and Willie O'Ree. The Hall announced its six-member 2020 class on Wednesday.
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"I like to say with a little bit of humour that where I fit in is when Paul Coffey came off the ice on the power play after a minute 50 seconds, I generally would do a great job with the last 10 seconds". He lost in the final in 2008 and 2009, had 149 points in 205 playoff games and finished with 1,134 points in 1,309 regular-season games with the Senators, Thrashers, Penguins, Red Wings and Blackhawks. Alfredsson, who led the team for 13 seasons including a trip to the Stanley Cup final, is the franchise's all-time leader in games played, points, goals and assists. And it shows in Chicago there's lots of passion and we try to always bring the best.
Lowe won the Cup six times - five with the Oilers and once with the New York Rangers in 1994.
The 18-member selection committee voted remotely for the first time because of travel difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
So clearly, a decorated career such as his was always going to be honoured with an induction to the Hall Of Fame.
A skilled, two-way winger, Hossa won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
"I've never seen myself as a Hall of Famer", Lowe said. It worked out that most of Wilson's family, including his grandchildren, were at a pool party at the San Jose general manager's house and his wife broke down when she answered.
A 20-year NHL veteran between five organizations, Iginla ended his career as one of just 20 players to score at least 600 NHL goals, with his 625 tallies ranking as the 16th-most in league history. Born in Edmonton, Iginla also starred for Canada in three Olympics, winning gold in 2002 and 2010. On the national team, she had a career 1.17 goals-against average and.939 save percentage.