Blackhawks fans and players — both past and present — rejoiced Wednesday when they found out Marian Hossa and Doug Wilson were among the Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 16 in Toronto, but the date could change depending on when the 2020-21 NHL season begins.
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What a day yesterday to hear my old teammate and good friend Marian Hossa will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame! I’ll never forget a lot of great moments with him as teammates but I especially remember when he scored a short handed breakaway goal in San Jose. It was his first game as a @nhlblackhawks He had missed the first two months of the season from an off season shoulder surgery. We were excited to finally have him in the lineup for the first time. When he scored that goal it sent a message to the rest of us - that when the pressure is on and in big moments, great players come through. He scored another goal later that game for good measure. Proud to have played along side one of the game’s greatest but more importantly grateful to call him a friend. Congrats on a well deserved call from @thehockeyhalloffame
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Hoss isn’t just one of the greats hockey players to play the game he’s also one of the nicest, genuine and loving person I have ever met! It was privilege learning the game from you but also learning to be a great person! Love you dude you have done so much for me even if you didn’t know it! Best human being and will always be a legend in the NHL! Well deserved @hossboss81 #hhof
Kris Versteeg on Marian Hossa:— John Dietz (@johndietzdh) June 24, 2020
“If you watched his entire game, that's where you get the true appreciation of the extra dynamic he could bring to a team. That alone gets him into the Hall of Fame. Everything he did away from the puck changed outcomes of each and every game."
More Versteeg on Marian Hossa:— John Dietz (@johndietzdh) June 24, 2020
“He didn't play until November (after signing) and – I swear – it was like watching a Ferrari skate down the ice. I still remember me and (Patrick) Kane looked at each other and we're like, 'That's a professional player right there. Look at him.'"
Just got off the phone with John Scott, who was really happy about Marian Hossa getting elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame:— Scott King (@ScottKingMedia) June 24, 2020
"He was the most underrated player of our generation."#Blackhawks
Spoke w/ Bryan Bickell shortly after Marian Hossa joined the 2020 Hall of Fame class and actually broke the news to him as he was at his cottage:— Scott King (@ScottKingMedia) June 24, 2020
"Everything about him, what he did on and off the ice, his work ethic, his preparation, his routine, it's world class."#Blackhawks
Congrats Hoss. One of the nicest people and most underrated players I have ever seen. Was a pleasure to be your teammate. https://t.co/GgTF4ZZdYX— Brad Richards (@BRichards_1991) June 25, 2020
Marian Hossa: "It's 1 a.m. in Slovakia and I've already had one bottle of wine and I don't know how long this press conference will go, so good luck to me."— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) June 24, 2020
A true Hall of Famer on and off the ice #Blackhawks
Hossa on becoming third Slovakian player elected to HHoF: “Maybe the third time’s a charm, not just in the Final of the Cup, but also being third Slovakian in the Hall of Fame."— Tracey Myers (@Tramyers_NHL) June 24, 2020
I was there for Hossa's 500th goal.— Brad Repplinger (@TCRBrad) June 24, 2020
We opted to go to the Hawks game instead of watching the Cubs in the NLCS at home.
One of the coolest sporting moments I've had the privilege of experiencing.
(This montage will hit you RIGHT in the feels)https://t.co/3JbxzEU8jh
Full disclosure: below is the exact moment that I inducted Marian Hossa into the Hall of Fame pic.twitter.com/hYkjrsGQZN— CT (@HockeenightsCT) June 24, 2020
Congratulations to the 2020 inductees to the HHoF! So happy for my old teammate Doug Wilson and recent Blackhawk great Marion Hossa! Always said I dare anyone to say a bad word about Hossa! Jerome was one of the best/classiest players in the game...— Troy Murray (@muzz19) June 24, 2020
Doug Wilson was my favorite player when I was a fan.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 24, 2020
Marian Hossa was my favorite player to cover as a reporter.
Thrilled for both.
McDonald said he spoke to Wilson's wife, who broke down in tears. It was a moment he won't forget for a long, long time.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) June 24, 2020
Doug Wilson on receiving the Hockey Hall of Fame call after 24 years: “It was an unexpected call … very much appreciated and to be able to share it with my kids, and my grandkids all here, it was a very unsuspecting call.” #Blackhawks— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) June 24, 2020