By the time Marian Hossa arrived in Chicago he already accomplished quite a lot in the NHL
As an Ottawa Senator he was a two time All Star who had two straight 70 Point seasons.
The Hockey Hall of Fame recently had their most bizarre Hockey Hall of Fame Class as for the first time in any of our lists we had NOBODT from our top 25 were chosen for their respective Hall of Fame.
Now before we unveil our new list, a couple of caveats about the impending Class of 2019 and our list in general:
At present, we don’t rank female players. This is not because we do not respect the women that have been inducted but at this time there has not been a lot of call for us to do so and we have decided at this time not to merge eligible female players with our core list. Had we done so, Hayley Wickenheiser, who was chosen this year would have likely been ranked #1 by us.
We also don’t rank builders as of yet. We do have an exception with Don Cherry, but are looking to create a builders list and migrate him to that one.
As such, only two former players were removed from our list, Guy Carbonneau (#29) and Sergei Zubov (#44) and they are slated to join Wickenheiser as the Class of 2019.
Three new names enter our list, which is now at 131. There will be a future expansion to 150, which will occur later this year.
Let’s look at our new top ten, and based on our new #1 we feel confident that there will not be a repeat of not having a top ten (let alone a top twenty-five) not make the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
Our new Notinhalloffame.com Hockey Top Ten is:
#1. Jarome Iginla: Iginla is entering his first year of eligibility and point blank he is the reason why we feel confident that there will be a top ten entry entering the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020 as he should enter on his first ballot. The six-time All-Star was named to the First Team All-Star post season squad three times and he is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with Team Canada.
#2. Alexander Mogilny: Mogilny drops one spot, as he was our top rank last year. One of the last creations of the Red Army, Alexander Mogilny was the first Soviet player to defect to play in the NHL and he would have a legendary 76 Goal season for the Buffalo Sabres in 1992/93. Eligible since 2009, Mogilny is a two-time Second Team All-Star.
#3. Theoren Fleury: Fleury holds firm at #3. The scrappy native of Saskatchewan went to seven All-Star Games and was a Second Team All-Star in 1994/95. He is a Stanley Cup winner with the Calgary Flames (1989) and an Olympic Gold Medalist with Team Canada (2002).
#4. Don Cherry: Cherry drops to his lowest ranking as we take your votes into consideration, and not all of them are kind to Canada’s favorite (or best known) blowhard. As mentioned earlier, we are likely to take him out completely in favor of a contributors list.
#5. Daniel Alfredsson: Alfredsson may have received the most concern regarding his snub this year on social media but that hasn’t translated to votes for him on our site. As such, he has dropped one spot from #4 to #5, but the six-time All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist (Sweden in 2006) may have a better shot than those ahead of him, with the exception of Iginla.
#6. Pierre Turgeon: Turgeon climbs up from #7 and remains the highest scoring player (1,327 Points) who is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Turgeon is a former four-time All-Star.
#7. Bernie Nicholls: Nicholls drops from #5. He is one of seven players to have a 70 Goal Season and one of five to have a 150 Point Season. He was chosen for three All-Star Games.
#8. Jeremy Roenick: Roenick fell two spots to #8. At present, he is our highest rated American and he is a nine-time All-Star.
#9. John LeClair: For a time, LeClair was the best power forward in the NHL and was a five-time post-season NHL All-Star. That was a great stretch, but he was not close to that level over the rest of his career.
#10. Marian Hossa: The second of our third new entries, Marian Hossa was a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and a five-time NHL All-Star. He is also a four-time Olympian with Slovakia.
The third new entry on this list is career Arizona Coyote, Shane Doan who debuts at #56.
The entire list can be found here.
As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com encourage you to cast your vote, give us your opinion and we thank you for your support!
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The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2020, which while it usually takes place in June of 2020, the Stanley Cup is always awarded by now! Regardless, the National Hockey League is coming back, and here are the new Hall of Famers who will watch the 2019-20 season play out.
The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020 comprises six members and is headlined by Jarome Iginla, the one former player that everyone knew would be selected. Iginla is joined by Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St- Pierre and Ken Holland who enters as a builder.
Iginla was a 20-year veteran of the NHL, playing the majority of his career with the Calgary Flames. With Calgary, the native of Edmonton, Alberta, was a three-time First Team All-Star, a two-time Rocket Richard winner, and in 2001-02, he won the coveted Art Ross Trophy and the Lester B Pearson Award. Notably, no player who ever won the Art Ross has not been in enshrined in the Hockey Hall, and this trend continues today. Professionally, Iginla also played for Pittsburgh, Boston, Colorado and Los Angeles and upon retirement he amassed an even 1,300 Points in 1,554 Games. On the International scene, the power forward won two Gold Medals at the Olympics (2002 & 2010) and the World Cup of Hockey (2004) for Canada. He was ranked #1 on our last Notinhalloffame.com list of those to consider for the Hockey Hall.
Like Iginla, Hossa also enters the Hall in his first year of eligibility. From Slovakia, Hossa came up through the Ottawa Senators organization, where he helped the Sens reach their first and only Stanley Cup Final in 2003. After a 100 Point year with the Atlanta Thrashers, and a one-year run each with Pittsburgh and Detroit, Hossa joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 where he played until 2017 when a skin disorder forced him out of the game. With the Blackhawks, Hossa was a huge cog in the machine that won three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013 & 2015). Hossa’s NHL career would see him accrue 1,134 Points. Representing Slovakia, Hossa competed for his country in three Olympics (2002, 2006 & 2010) and the World Cup of Hockey in 2004. Hossa was ranked #10 on our last Notinhalloffame.com list.
Kevin Lowe. Lowe was considered the best player from the Edmonton Oilers dynasty of five Stanley Cups (1984-90) that was yet to be in the Hall, and this ended today. The Defenseman won five Cups with the Oilers and a sixth with the New York Rangers in 1994, and he was also the winner of the 1990 King Clancy Memorial Award. Lowe has been eligible for the Hall since 2001, and he was ranked #37 on our latest list.
Doug Wilson. Wilson’s induction takes off one of the few Norris Trophy winners off the yet-to-be enshrined list for the Hockey Hall. Playing most of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Wilson was an NHL All-Star seven times. The Defenseman had 827 Points over 1,024 Games, and he was also a member of the 1984 Canada Cup winning team. Was ranked #14 on our 2020 list.
Kim St-Pierre. While Mike Richter, Curtis Joseph, Tom Barrasso and Mike Vernon did not get the call, one Goalie did in Kim St-Pierre. The Canadian was a member of three Olympic Gold Medals and five World Championships for the Canadian Women’s Team.
Ken Holland is this year’s lone builder. Holland was a decent hockey player in his own right, making it to the NFL for four games as a Goalie for Hartford and Detroit. His biggest accomplishments was as the General Manger of the Red Wings, where he built teams that won the Stanley Cup three times.
Significant snubs in our eyes are Alexander Mogilny (#2), Theoren Fleury (#3), Daniel Alfredsson (#5), Pierre Turgeon (#6), Bernie Nicholls (#7), Jeremy Roenick (#8) and John LeClair (#9).
We will be revamping our Notinhalloffame.com hockey list shortly, that will reflect the deletion of the new entries, and the addition of those eligible in 2021. Rankings will also be altered based on your votes and comments.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate to newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame,