Alfredsson was in his fourth year of eligibility.
Former Ottawa Senators player Daniel Alfredsson, second from right, along with former teammates Chris Neil (25), Chris Phillips, Erik Karlsson (65) and beside him Chris Phillips, pose as a banner with Alfredsson's jersey number 11 is retired and raised to the rafters on December 29, 2016.
"I would love to see Alfie to get in", Spezza said. Your consistency, your effort, your dedication - but let's not forget about how great of a role model you were to all those kids that were aspiring to be hockey players. He lost in the final in 2008 and 2009, had 149 points in 205 playoff games and finished with 1,134 points in 1,309 regular-season games with the Senators, Thrashers, Penguins, Red Wings and Blackhawks.
"The pressure in those games, in the do-or-die games especially, it's pretty awesome", said Iginla, who also topped the Olympic podium in 2002 and also played for his country in 2006.
As usual, Hall chairman Lanny McDonald informed Iginla and the rest of the 2020 class by phone. And Holland came out of the "builder" category, recognized for his success as the longtime general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.
During the 2013 postseason, Iginla was used briefly for a handful of games during the first round against the New York Islanders and the second round vs. the Ottawa Senators. But also it really was special to me to see the Black players that were in the National Hockey League - to see Grant Fuhr starring, to be able to say to other people: 'Look at Grant Fuhr.
He was the team's first-round pick in the 1997 National Hockey League draft. James was a trailblazer in the women's game, while O'Ree was the NHL's first Black player in 1958, but only played 45 games.
A skilled, two-way winger, Hossa won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, 2013 and 2015. This means so much to me. "Thank you guys on the committee for voting for me to be a part of it". "You should be proud of yourself, the way you played the game, the positive effect you had on every team you played for and every player you played with, your incredible community contributions you've done throughout your career and what you're doing now in your post-hockey life".
Ottawa-born defenceman Doug Wilson was also honoured Wednesday.
Wilson, now the general manager of the San Jose Sharks, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman in 1982.
"I'm not even a Hall of Famer in my own house, so joining this club means the world to me", said Wilson.
"I didn't have to experience anything near what (O'Ree) had to do and (I'm) very thankful for his courage".
Iginla will receive enshrinement in his first year of eligibility, a recognition of two decades of strong play highlighted by two Rocket Richard Trophies, an Art Ross Trophy and a Mark Messier Leadership Award.