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1. Wayne Gretzky

So, where do we start?

You hear the term “prodigy” thrown around a lot, but in terms of what a hockey prodigy was/is, there is nobody where those words suited better than Wayne Gretzky.

1999-2001 Hockey HOF Inductees are up

Over the last few months, we here at Notinhalloffame.com have been so focused on other endeavors at the site, that we neglected to tell you about the continuing opportunity fro you to cast your opinion on existing Hockey Hall of Famers.

With that in mind, we here at Notinhhalloffame.com have expended greatly to allow you to vote on Hockey Hall of Fame inductees from 1999-2001.

The Players/Builders from that existing time frame include:

The 1999 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Scott Morrison, the former President and the CEO of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Wayne Gretzky, “The Great One” who is considered to be the finest hockey player of all time.

The 2000 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Denis Savard, a long time Chicago Blackhawk and seven time All Star who would win a Stanley Cup with Montreal.

Joe Mullen, a three time Stanley Cup Champion, two time Lady Byng Trophy recipient and former First Team All NHL Team.

Walter Bush, who helped bring the NHL to Minnesota, women’s hockey to the Olympics and was the president of U.S. Hockey for nearly twenty years.

The 2001 Hockey Hall of Fame Class:

Craig Patrick, a decent player in his own right but was known for his administrative prowess with the Pittsburgh Penguins earning two Stanley Cup Rings.

Dale Hawerchuk, a former Calder Trophy winner and five time All Star with the original Winnipeg Jets.

Jari Kurri, a Finnish born superstar with the Edmonton Oilers and five time Stanley Cup Champion.

Mike Gartner, a durable forward and seven time NHL All Star. 

Viachevslev Fetisov, a three time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings and a two Time Gold Medalist with the Soviet Union.

I think you know what we are looking for you to do!

When your time permits, take a look at this group and let us know if their Hall of Fame inductions are justified!



Our All-Time Top 50 Edmonton Oilers are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Edmonton Oilers. 

Debuting as the Alberta Oilers in 1972 in the World Hockey Association, they would exchange the Alberta for Edmonton after one year.  The Oilers were an original WHA team, who would be one of four franchises that would be absorbed into the NHL in 1979.  When they joined the NHL, they had a young Wayne Gretzky in tow, and after drafting players like Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and Grant Fuhr, a dynasty occurred that would win four Stanley Cups in the 1980s and one in 1990.  Since that time, they made the Finals once in 2006.  

As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NHL.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Wayne Gretzky

2. Mark Messier

3. Jari Kurri

4. PaulCoffey

5. GrantFuhr

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for or All-Time Top 50 Colorado Avalanche coming next!

As always we thank you for your support.

Awards = HOF? Part Twenty-Two: The Conn Smythe Trophy

We here at Notinhalloffame.com thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.
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