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Established in 1943, and currently based in Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a quite simply a tribute to those who achieved excellence in hockey.  Criticized by some for their failure to recognize international stars, the WHA, women and the high amount of players inducted from the Original Six era, the Hockey Hall of Fame is still one of the most impressive facilities despite its lack of size.  The rich history of hockey is certainly well represented there.  For our list, we have focused on players as opposed to the builders and journalists categories; although we have included some people whom we felt could not be ignored.  Current enshrinement for players is based on receiving fourteen votes out of an eighteen member committee.  In terms of NHL players, it is based on being out of the league for three years.  We have selected one hundred figures of hockey (though honestly only a handful really has a reasonable shot) and again we encourage debate as to who you feel deserves enshrinement in Toronto.

 

Until Then, keep your stick on the ice.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Not in Hall of Committee.

This should be a no brainer. From the second he put his skates on a NHL rink, North Americans knew they were seeing a star in the Swedish export, Nicklas Lidstrom. The skilled defensemen collected a whopping seven Norris Trophies and for fourteen consecutive seasons never finished below…

2. Don Cherry

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On paper, how is it possible that a hockey player who logged only one game in the NHL and is best remembered as a coach for a too many men on the ice call that cost his Boston Bruins a chance at a Stanley Cup birth possibly enter the Hockey…
As a past winner of the coveted Hart Trophy, Chris Pronger has to be considered on the inside track for the Hall of Fame. A VERY high percentage of these regular season MVPs have been selected to Toronto, and though Pronger was only in serious contention for that…
Sergei Fedorov changed a lot of minds in hockey about European players. It wasn’t because he was very good and could score a lot of points; anyone who watched International hockey could have told you that. It was that he excelled the brighter the lights got in the National Hockey…
If you go by just totals in the NHL, you wouldn’t think that a total of 384 points over seven seasons equates to a Hall of Fame career. However, in the case of Sergei Makarov his professional career did not start until he was thirty one years old. Prior to…
With his short stature, Paul Kariya did not look the part of the professional hockey player, but once he took to the ice, there was little doubt that he was among the elite. Kariya was a very intelligent player and displayed such amazing skill that he was often compared with…
Dubbed “The Next One”, Eric Lindros never really lived up to the mammoth expectations heaped upon him. This isn’t to say that Eric Lindros didn’t have a good career, as he most certainly did. He won the prestigious Hart Trophy in 1995 and had 115 points the following year. Lindros…
A twenty two year veteran of the National Hockey League, Mark Recchi was one of the more productive players of the 1990’s, hitting the three digit figure in points three times. The gifted playmaker was also a three time Stanley Cup Champion, winning each ring with three different squads. As…
Is it possible to be one of the more inspirational players in hockey history yet have a career that is a somewhat cautionary tale to young players? With Theoren Fleury the answer appears to be yes. At 5 ft 6, Fleury wasn’t supposed to make the NHL, let alone score…
If longevity and consistency is the key to the Hockey Hall of Fame, then sign up Dave Andreychuk to the Hall right now. Andreychuk is among career leaders in Games Played and Points Scored and in terms of scoring proficiency for a left winger, he has few peers. He excelled…
Alexander Mogilny may not go down as the best player (though he is up there) to come from Russia but he may be the one who broke down the most barriers in the NHL. Mogilny was the first player from the Soviet Union to defect to the west, the first…
With a whopping 1,327 career NHL points, Pierre Turgeon was able to live up to the billing of the number one overall draft choice that he was. Twice, Turgeon was able to reach 100 points on a season, his highest being the massive 132 points he amassed for the Islanders…
Bernie Nicholls was already a productive member of the Los Angeles Kings, but when the legendary Wayne Gretzky went Hollywood, Nicholls’ statistics reached the stratosphere. With attention paid toward the other star center, Nicholls set personal records. To this day, Bernie Nicholls is one of eight players to score 70…
Phil Housley is on the record books for many a team based on his scoring prowess for a blue liner. Sadly, Housley has a few records he may want to forget too.   It seems from the time that Phil Housley began his professional career; he was always among the…
The United States has really emerged as a major power in Hockey and players such as Jeremy Roenick was a big part of that; in fact he may go down as one of the top American born players in history.The nine time All Star, cracked the 100 point mark on…

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