The Hockey Corridor of Fame choice committee face a couple of tough selections Wednesday – with out assembly face-to-face.
The social distancing necessities of COVID-19 means the annual vote on the Corridor’s Toronto boardroom will now be carried out by the 18 members by way of convention name, with traces as distant as Scandinavia and Russia. Because the closing arguments for a sure participant or builder can generally be heated, long-time observers of the method marvel if this yr means fewer colleagues might be swayed by a passionate speaker just one seat away. Conversely, will extra restrained members placing a reputation ahead be higher capable of stick with their script with out interruption?
One of many committee should submit a possible inductee, then make a robust sufficient case to get 14 votes, or 75%, by way of secret poll.
Whereas first-year eligible Jarome Iginla is taken into account the almost definitely decide, the subsequent two or three will add or subtract from Corridor’s already crowded ready room of hopefuls. As much as 4 male and two feminine gamers might be chosen every year, together with two builders — if no referee or linesmen take a kind of spots.
The varied opinions of the women and men on the committee, which is NHL, beginner and worldwide in scope, usually means an extended ignored title can get bumped by somebody proper out of the blue who has a forceful sponsor on voting day. The committee is refreshed each few years, with Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman and Canadian girls’s star and media persona Cassie Campbell-Pascall added in 2018.
A extra visual-friendly committee assembly by way of Zoom was thought of, however then dropped for safety hacking issues. The audio convention will finish with a vote by way of randomly assigned ID numbers to take care of secrecy with a 4:30 p.m. EST announcement scheduled dwell on TSN.
Amongst these hoping to get the decision from Corridor chairman Lanny McDonald are:
RW Jarome Iginla: The Stanley Cup eluded him, however he ticks loads of containers elsewhere. The ex-Calgary Flames captain recorded 1,300 factors in 20 seasons, together with 625 objectives, nicely above the essential Corridor plateau of 400 objectives or 1,000 factors. He has an Artwork Ross and two Rocket Richard trophies, two Olympic golds for Canada, a world championship and world junior title.
In a hockey world shaken by allegations of racism, Iginla’s Nigerian heritage and his huge accomplishments can be the feel-good story of induction night time.
RW Marian Hossa: One other first-year candidate, Hossa gained three Cups and was in 5 finals in all, three straight instances with completely different golf equipment. The Slovakian had 1,134 factors in 1,309 video games, fronted by eight seasons of not less than 30 objectives.
RW Alex Mogilny: Russians with lesser numbers are in forward of him, regardless of the early defector being the primary from his nation to steer the NHL in scoring in a single season. He nudged into the 1,000-game membership, gained a Cup with the Devils and the Woman Byng Trophy as a Leaf.
RW Daniel Alfredsson: With little to look ahead to today, followers in Ottawa have begun taking Alfredsson’s snubs personally as he reaches his fourth yr of eligibility, having been a favorite in 2019.
His 1,157 factors in 1,246 video games by 18 years is along with Olympic gold with Sweden in 2006 and a Calder Trophy 10 years earlier. However lack of a Cup or different main bauble has factored into the Sens’ captain’s lengthy wait.
LW Patrik Elias: If Alfredsson is usurped once more, it could possibly be the New Jersey Devils’ offensive franchise chief who goes in first. He has two Cups along with most Jersey playoff scoring marks — however like Alfredsson, no particular person awards.
D Sergei Gonchar: Will the committee go for a Russian defenceman a second straight yr? On the heels of Sergei Zubov, comes a blueliner with 591 assists and 811 factors, with 50 or extra in eight seasons. He has a Cup with the 2009 Penguins.
LW Rod Brind’Amour: The Hurricanes have been on a little bit of roll on the Corridor of late with Peter Karmanos, Jim Rutherford and now maybe their present coach, an ‘06 Cup champion and two-time Frank Selke Trophy winner. But inducting a defensive forward a year after Guy Carbonneau would leave more offensive players in the cold.
C Jeremy Roenick: The brash Roenick tallied 1,216 points in 1,363 games, including three straight seasons of 100-plus and consecutive 50-goal years. But he has ruffled feathers at times and not won the Cup or any award of note.
G Curtis Joseph: It’s getting outdated, almost 10 years, to say Cujo’s 454 victories are greater than six inductees together with Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante ( Glenn Corridor) and Dominik Hasek. But all 4 gained the Vezina or a Cup.
F Jennifer Boterill: Three time gold medal winner on the Canadian Ladies’s Olympic staff could possibly be subsequent in line for feminine inductees.
Wild playing cards: Kevin Lowe, Theo Fleury, Doug Wilson, Pierre Turgeon, Keith Tkachuk, Tom Barrasso, Mike Vernon, Rick Middleton, Butch Goring, Paul Henderson (builder or participant), Claude Provost.
John Davidson (Chair, participant/staff exec), David Department (CHL president), Brian Burke (staff/NHL exec), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (Olympian/media), Mark Chipman (staff exec), Bob Clarke (participant/common supervisor), Marc de Foy (HHOF journalist), Michael Farber (HHOF journalist), Ron Francis (participant/GM), Mike Gartner (participant/NHLPA president), Anders Hedberg (participant/nationwide staff hockey exec), Jari Kurri (participant, KHL GM), Igor Larionov (participant), Pierre McGuire (coach/broadcaster), Bob McKenzie (HHOF journalist/broadcaster), Mike Murphy (participant, coach, NHL exec) David Poile (staff exec), Luc Robitaille (participant).