Bob Gainey many not have appeared on any end of year top ten offensive statistical lists, but that was not was Bob Gainey was asked to do. He spent his entire career with the Montreal Canadians and though he had “only” 501 career points, it was the thousand plus that he prevented that made him special. Bob Gainey won the Frank J. Selke Award which is given to the NHL’s top defensive forward four years in a row. His amazing checking skills may not have always appeared in box scores, but fans and players alike knew the value of Gainey and it was not an accident that he was a multi-time All Star game participant. Gainey was also part of five Stanley Cup wins with the Habs, and in 1979 he won the Conn Smythe as the MVP of the playoffs. He may not have had what a casual fan would see a Hall of Fame career (especially if they only look at offensive statistics), but he certainly belongs.
The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Elected In: 1992
Position: Left Wing
Played for: Montreal Canadians Team Canada (1976 & 1981 Canada Cup)
Major Accolades and Awards: Conn Smythe Trophy (1) (1979) Frank J. Selke Award (4) (1978, 1979, 1980 & 1981) Lady Byng Trophy (2) (1975 & 1977) All Star Games (4) (1977, 1978, 1980 & 1981) Stanley Cup Rings (6) (As a Player) (Montreal Canadians 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1986) (As a General Manager) (Dallas Stars 1999)
Should Bob Gainey be in the Hall of Fame?
I totally agree with this induction. - 80%
I am fine with this induction. - 0%
I do not agree with this induction, but it does not bother me. - 0%