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5 players who could be elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020

However, there’s only a maximum of 2 spots open.

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The 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class will be announced on June 24 after a first-of-its-kind virtual election due to the pandemic.

As a reminder, only a maximum of two women can be elected each year. That only happened once, in 2010, the same year a separate category for women was created. Each of the 18 committee members can nominate one player, and a player must receive at least 14 votes to be elected into the Hall. The members “are entitled to vote for the maximum number of candidates applicable in each category,” according to the election procedures.

Let’s take a look at five potential players who could become the eighth (and ninth) players elected:

Jennifer Botterill, Canada, forward

We’ve long thought Botterill was a lock. Because she should be.

  • The only two-time Patty Kazmaier winner
  • 319 points in 113 games at Harvard University
  • One of four players to notch 100 or more points in a single NCAA season
  • Leader in single-season points-per-game with 3.50/ppg
  • 174 points in 184 games with Team Canada
  • Four Olympic medals (three golds and a silver) and eight World Championships medals (five golds and three silvers)
  • Two-time World Championships MVP
  • 155 points in 78 CWHL games when she played for the Mississauga Chiefs and Toronto Aeros

Maria Rooth, Sweden, forward

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Did you know all seven women’s hockey players in the Hockey Hall of Fame are either American or Canadian? Rooth very well could be the first European player.

  • 164 points in 92 games at Minnesota-Duluth
  • Three-time Patty Kazmaier finalist
  • Two Olympic medals (one silver and one bronze) and two bronze medals at World Championships
  • 18 points in 20 Olympics games
  • 35 points in 44 World Championships games
  • First Swedish player to score 100 goals in international competition
  • 97 points in 54 SDHL games

Krissy Wendell, USA, forward

Wendell was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

  • 237 points in 101 NCAA games at Minnesota
  • One of four players to notch 100 or more points in a single NCAA season
  • Patty Kazmaier winner
  • Two Olympic medals (one silver and one bronze) and six Worlds medals (one gold and five silvers)
  • 10 points in 10 Olympic games
  • 59 points in 29 Worlds games
  • Record holder for most assists in a single Worlds tournament with 11

Kim St-Pierre, Canada, goaltender

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All seven players in the Hockey Hall of Fame are skaters. Goalies are notoriously hard to compare, especially when there are so few spots.

  • First women in CIS history to win a men’s regular season game while at McGill
  • Three Olympic gold medals
  • Nine Worlds medals (five golds and four silvers)
  • Two-time Best Goaltender at Worlds and once at the Olympics
  • Most appearances in net (89) and wins (64) for Team Canada
  • Clarkson Cup championship with Montréal Stars in 2011

Kim Martin, Sweden, goaltender

Remember above how all the players inducted are from North America and skaters? Now please see Martin, who basically has two strikes against her already as a Swedish goaltender.

  • Second goaltender to post a shutout in an NCAA women’s hockey championship history in 2008
  • Named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament in 2008
  • Patty Kazmaier Top 3 Finalist
  • Two Olympic medals (one silver and one bronze)
  • Was in net for the Olympic bronze-medal-winning game as a teenager in 2002
  • Backstopped Sweden to their first Olympic gold medal game, making 37 saves in the semifinal against the US in 2006
  • Name Best Goaltender of the 2006 Olympics
  • Two Worlds bronze medals

The women in the Hall of Fame are Hayley Wickenheiser (2019), Jayna Hefford (2018), Danielle Goyette (2017), Angela Ruggiero (2015), Geraldine Heaney (2013), Cammi Granato (2010), and Angela James (2010).