With all due respect to Buddy O’Connor, we are now entering a series of inductees that we are not fond of. O’Connor is the first inductee in the “veteran category”, designed to honor those from previous decades that the Hall may have forgotten. As we have seen the Hall has many of the Original Six era (and prior) already in; and with a few of those being questionable in our eyes, we now have a series of players that we openly ask; If they were not indicted before, why should they be inducted now?
It isn’t that O’Connor does not have a case, as he was the first player to win the Hart and the Lady Byng in the same year. That season, he was also named to the Second Team NHL All Star roster and won the prestigious Canadian Athlete of the Year. O’Connor was also on two Stanley Cup winning teams. However, he was only an elite player for one season, and a decent one for a few others. Is this really a Hall of Fame player? The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Elected In: 1988 Position: Centre Played for: Montreal Canadians New York Rangers Major Accolades and Awards: Hart Trophy (1) (1948) Lady Byng Trophy (1) (1948) Second Team All Star (1) (1948) All Star Games (1) (1949) Stanley Cup Rings (2) (Montreal Canadians 1944 & 1946)
Should Buddy O'Connor be in the Hall of Fame?
I totally agree with this induction. - 20%
I am fine with this induction. - 20%
I do not agree with this induction, but it does not bother me. - 60%