After a yearlong delay, the 2020 class will finally enter hockey’s hallowed hall.
Announced on June 24, 2020, the class of seven men and one woman was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these hockey legends as Honoured Members,” Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said when the names were revealed. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class and when the induction ceremony will take place, including TV time and channels.
Who is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for 2020?
The 18 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee chose five players and one builder for election. The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association awards the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism and the NHL Broadcasters’ Association is responsible for the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
- Marian Hossa
- Jarome Iginla
- Kevin Lowe
- Kim St-Pierre
- Doug Wilson
Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award: Tony Gallagher
Foster Hewitt Memorial Award: Rick Peckham
Why is it called the ’20/21′ Induction Celebration?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 class was not able to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame; therefore, the board opted to not elect a 2021 class so that last year’s group could have its day in a standalone ceremony.
“The magic of the induction weekend from the perspective of the new inductees is participating in several days of close interaction with family, friends, former teammates, fellow legends and fans,” McDonald said in October 2020. “On that premise, the Board felt that this was the right decision to bestow upon the Class of 2020 the recognition and lifetime experience they so richly deserve in all ways consistent with past induction classes.”
When is the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class induction ceremony?
- Date: Monday, Nov. 15
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
Originally scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, the 2020 class will finally be honored on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.
The induction ceremony is the final event of the Hockey Hall of Fame weekend, which included the Hockey Hall of Fame game on Friday between the Flames and Maple Leafs and the Legends Classic on Sunday. Former NHLers suited up for Team Scott Niedermayer or Team Mike Modano.
How to watch the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony
- TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
- TV channel (Canada): TSN5
For the first time since relocating to Toronto’s BCE Place (now Brookfield Place) in 1993, the gala will be held across the street and not at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“We are very excited about getting back on track with the tradition of celebrating excellence through the achievements of the distinguished Class of 2020 and a full slate of weekend activities in November,” said McDonald in June 2021. “The change in venue also gives us more flexibility in terms of event logistics and enhances the induction ceremony experience for all present to honour our game’s newest legends.”
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