Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed

The Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday postponed its Class of 2020 induction ceremony until further notice due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which was scheduled for Nov. 13-16 in Toronto, was slated to honor the six-person class consisting of former NHL forwards Marian Hossa and Jarome Iginla, defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, women’s star goaltender Kim St-Pierre and general manager Ken Holland.

“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,” Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said Monday.

“Since the magic of the induction from the Honored 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 will be addressed when the board of directors meet on Oct. 29.