It is funny how Ron Hextall may be known more for the one goal (though he did do it again in a playoff game) he scored as opposed to the many he prevented. Hextall was a fearless player who had no qualms leaving the net showcasing his skating acumen. In addition to being one of the game’s most mobile netminders, he was also among the most aggressive. Opposing players were wary of Hextall’s stick as he was known to slash at anyone who dared cross his path.
In his magical rookie season, Hextall won the Conn Smythe (in a losing effort with the Flyers) and the prestigious Vezina Trophy. As amazing as that season was, Hextall never reached that level again. He had many good seasons, but never another great one. That fact alone; may keep the NHL’s first third generation star out of the Hall.
Should Ron Hextall be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 68.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.1%