The Hockey Hall of Fame announced today that they will induct the Class of 2020 on Nov. 15 in Toronto.
“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 Lanny McDonald, Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame, in a statement released Monday.
Kevin Lowe among many to be honored
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to be canceled last year, delaying the inductions of Ken Holland, Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla, Kim St-Pierre, Doug Wilson, and Kevin Lowe.
Lowe was a lynchpin of 5 Stanley Cup Championships with the Edmonton Oilers. During the offensive days of the 80’s, he was the defensive conscience for a team that could run you out of the building. Remember, Lowe played on a team that featured scoring dynamos Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey. Still the defensive minded Lowe never topped more than 46 points.
On December 11th, 1992 Neil Smith made a key move in building his 1994 Championship team. Kevin Lowe was acquired for prospect Roman Oksiuta and a 3rd round pick. The 33 year old defenseman was brought in to teach a young defense that featured Brian Leetch, Jeff Beukeboom, and Sergei Zubov how to win. He spent almost 4 seasons with the Rangers and played through injuries in the 1994 playoffs but only missed one game. That would be the 6th Stanley Cup ring Lowe would win and it may have been the sweetest.
HHOF announces change in venue
The event will take place at the Meridian Hall Theatre, marking the first time since the Hall of Fame moved to its current Toronto location in 1993 that the ceremony will be held at another site.
“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,” McDonald said.
–Field Level Media contributed to this article