The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction weekend and celebration, originally scheduled for Nov. 16, until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That means newly elected members Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St-Pierre and Doug Wilson in the player category, and Ken Holland in the builder category, will have to wait for their enshrinement in the Hall.
“While it’s possible the class of 2020 could be inducted on alternative dates during the modified 2020-21 NHL season, the most likely scenario is to postpone to November 2021, either by waiving the 2021 elections or in combination with the 2021 induction class involving adjusted category limits,” said Lanny McDonald, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, in a press release.
“Since the magic of the induction from the honoured members’ perspective is experiencing several days of close interaction with family, friends, former teammates and fans, the board ruled out any means of holding the 2020 inductions virtually.”
Rescheduling plans for the induction will be addressed at the Hall’s Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 29.