17 candidates to be selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame this week

Jun 23 2020, 4:42 pm

The Hockey Hall of Fame will reveal the list of 2020 inductees on Wednesday.

The 18-member selection committee will hold the vote virtually for the first time, with Chairman of the Board Lanny McDonald to make the announcement live on TSN at 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm PT.

There’s just one player that’s guaranteed entry this year, and that’s Jarome Iginla, who will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

But after that? Well, it’s wide open.

Here are 17 names in the running.

17. Sergei Gonchar

Stats: 1301 GP, 811 PTS

A Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, Sergei Gonchar was one of the best offensive defencemen of his generation.

16. Mike Vernon

Stats: 781 GP, 385 W

Ranked 16th on the all-time wins list, Mike Vernon won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989 and the Detroit Red Wings in 1997.

15. Patrik Elias

Stats: 1240 GP, 1025 PTS

A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Patrik Elias was a consistent point producer on many defensive-minded New Jersey Devils teams.

14. Tom Barrasso

Stats: 777 GP, 369 W

A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992, Tom Barrasso also won the Vezina Trophy in his rookie year in 1984 and was a runner-up on three other occasions.

13. Jeremy Roenick

Stats: 1363 GP, 1216 PTS

One of the highest scorers not in the Hall of Fame, Jeremy Roenick was a hard-nosed centre with talent, scoring over 100 points on three occasions and tallying more than 100 penalty minutes seven times.

12. Pierre Turgeon

Stats: 1294 GP, 1327 PTS

An elite centre for most of his 20-year career, Pierre Turgeon has more all-time points than any other Hall of Fame-eligible player.

11. Keith Tkachuk

Stats: 1201 GP, 1065 PTS

An elite power forward, Keith Tkachuk had the hands to score 50 goals and the fists to beat up most players in the league.

10. Rod Brind’Amour

Stats: 1484 GP, 1184 PTS

A Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, Rod Brind’Amour was a two-time Selke Trophy winner and was picked for Team Canada’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and the Olympics in 1998.

9. Miikka Kiprusoff

Stats: 623 GP, 386 W

Miikka Kiprusoff was an elite goaltender for most of his 10 years with the Calgary Flames, leading them to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004 and winning a Vezina Trophy in 2006.

8. John Vanbiesbrouck

Stats: 882 GP, 374 W

A Vezina Trophy winner early in his career with the New York Rangers in 1986, John Vanbiesbrouck was also an elite goalie with the Florida Panthers, carrying them to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996.

7. Mike Richter

Stats: 666 GP, 301 W

A fixture in net for the New York Rangers and Team USA, Mike Richter won a Stanley Cup in 1994 and the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

6. Theo Fleury

Stats: 1084 GP, 1088 PTS

A member of Team Canada at four straight best-on-best tournaments from 1991 to 2002, Theo Fleury also has a Stanley Cup on his resume.

5. Marian Hossa

Stats: 1309 GP, 1134 PTS

An elite two-way forward, Marian Hossa was a consistent offensive force throughout his 19-year career and a key member of three Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Chicago Blackhawks.

4. Daniel Alfredsson

Stats: 1246 GP, 1157 PTS

The greatest player in Ottawa Senators history, Daniel Alfredsson played in five Olympic Games, scoring 27 points in 26 games for Sweden, winning gold in 2006.

3. Alexander Mogilny

Stats: 990 GP, 1032 PTS

A consistent offensive threat during his 16-year career, Alexander Mogilny was supremely talented, as evidenced by a 76-goal season in 1992-93.

2. Curtis Joseph

Stats: 943 GP, 454 W

Seventh on the all-time wins list, Curtis Joseph was a great goaltender on mostly mediocre teams during his 19-year career, and he played for Team Canada at three straight best-on-best tournaments from 1996 to 2002.

1. Jarome Iginla

Stats: 1554 GP, 1300 PTS

With 625 goals during his career, Iginla ranks 16th on the NHL’s all-time list. As a winner of the Art Ross, Ted Lindsay, and two Rocket Richard trophies, Iginla’s trophy case is full of hardware to go along with two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup of Hockey triumph.