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35. Ralph Backstrom

The forgotten third center of the Montreal Canadians, Ralph Backstrom was a forgotten grinder on the great Hans team of the 60’s. As he was primarily on a checking line (and not French Canadian), he was not necessarily the poster boy of Canadians Hockey. Still, Backstrom was a multi time All Star and a pivotal member of many Stanley Cup wins. Like many, Backstrom bolted for the WHA and was a force there. Similar to others on this list, Ralph Backstrom’s tenure in the World Hockey Association might be to his determent for Hall consideration.

 

Should Ralph Backstrom be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 89.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1980
  • Position: Center
  • Played For: Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings
  • Non-NHL Teams: Chicago Cougars (WHA)
    Denver Spurs (WHA)
    New England Whalers (WHA)
    Team Canada (1974 Summit Series)

  • Major Accolades and Awards: Calder Trophy (1959)
    NHL All Star (1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965 & 1967)
    Stanley Cup Ring (1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968 & 1969) Montreal Canadians

Should Ralph Backstrom be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 89.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.5%
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