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With the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees announced this week, I have to say that I am a bit disappointed. Some of the selections made sense, but there were a few selections that did not sit right with me. This week; Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, and Doug Wilson, were the NHL players inducted into the Hall of Fame; and I will explain why Alex Mogilny should replace at least two of them.
First of all there are two players on this list that undoubtable deserve to be inducted, one of which is Marian Hossa. Hossa had a phenomenal career. He spent his time with the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Chicago Blackhawks. Throughout that span he had 1,134 points in 1,309 games. The Slovakian forward was a five time All Star and one the Stanley Cup three times, all of them with the Blackhawks.
The second well deserved player is Jarome Iginla. Iggy spent his time with four teams in his career; the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, and most notably; the Calgary Flames. In total, he recorded 1,300 points in 1,554 regular season games. Although he has not won any Stanley Cups, his other accolades sure make up for it. He one a World Junior Championship gold medal, a World Championship gold medal, a World Cup gold medal, and two Olympic gold medals; and that is only his international achievements. Jarome Iginla also won an NHL Foundation Award, Mark Messier Leadership Award, Art Ross Trophy, King Clancy Trophy, a Tedd Lindsay Award, and two Maurice Richard Trophies.
There are two players, however, that can easily be replaced by Alex Mogilny. The first one is Kevin Lowe. Don’t get me wrong, Kevin Lowe was a great player; Its not easy to win six Stanley Cups, a King Clancy Trophy, a Canada Cup gold medal, a World Championship bronze medal, and be selected into the NHL All Star Game seven times. Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks defenseman, Doug Wilson, was also extremely talented as well. He totaled over 800 points, won a Canada Cup gold medal, and even won a Norris Trophy. However these two guys have nothing on, Russian forward, Alex Mogilny.
First of all, it is important to take notice that Alex Mogilny was the first player to defect from the Soviet Union illegally. He put his life on the line to play in a free country and to play in the greatest league in the world. Mogilny was also a phenomenal point producer. He totaled 1,032 points in 990 games; that is an average of 1.04 points per game. He spent that time with the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also amazing internationally. He won a World Junior Championship gold medal, a World Championship gold medal, an Olympic gold medal, and a World Junior Championship silver medal. He also won a Lady Byng Trophy, a Maurice Richard Trophy, was a five time All Star, and he won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils.
All of theses great accomplishments are the reasons why I think Alex Mogilny was completely snubbed, and should have definitely been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. However, this is just my opinion. If you have any other reason why Mogilny should be inducted, comment down below. If you think another player was left out that deserved higher praise, let me know.