Hockey http://www.notinhalloffame.com Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:39:23 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 1. Jarome Iginla http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/3777-jarome-iginla http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/3777-jarome-iginla 1. Jarome Iginla
One of the best and most resected power forwards in his era, Jarome Iginla emerged as a physical presence and a very consistent scorer. Currently, Iginla holds the record for the most Goals and Points in Calgary Flames history and has led the NHL in Goals twice and Points once. With three First Team All-Star selections under his belt, and the 1,000 Point plateau hit, Iginla has a resume that should get him inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.  It also needs to be discussed that Iginla won the Gold Medal with Canada at the World Hockey Championship, the World Cup and the Olympics twice.  Pretty impressive wouldn't you say?
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2. Alexander Mogilny http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/522-13-alexander-mogilny http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/522-13-alexander-mogilny 2. Alexander Mogilny
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 Russian to make an NHL All Star Team, and the first European to be an NHL captain. Mogilny was a brilliant scorer whose whopping 76 goals led the league in the 1992-93 season. Although hip injuries prevented him keeping that scoring touch late in his career, “Alexander the Great” went down as the second leading Russian scorer in NHL history and is a select member of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold and Stanley Cup). It shouldn’t be a surprise if Alexander Mogilny is the next Russian to enter the Hall.
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3. Theoren Fleury http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/517-11-theoren-fleury http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/517-11-theoren-fleury 3. Theoren Fleury
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.
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4. Don Cherry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/510-4-don-cherry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/510-4-don-cherry 4. Don Cherry
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 Hall of fame?. Well, when that former player and coach is Don Cherry; who may be very well be the most well known man in hockey north of the border.
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5. Daniel Alfredsson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2371-daniel-alfredsson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2371-daniel-alfredsson 5. Daniel Alfredsson
Arguably the best player ever in the second incarnation of the Ottawa Senators, Daniel Alfredsson’s feistiness and skill made you love him if you were a fan of the Sens and despise him if you rooted against Ottawa (AKA, the Toronto Maple Leafs).  The Swedish born star won the Calder trophy and became a consistent scorer in the NHL. Alfredsson may have been to six All Star games, but with a lone post season All Star Team nod (2nd team 2006), Alfredsson may be considered one of the best of the second tier of elite players of his era.  If that is the correct perception, he is on the wrong side of the HOF fence.
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6. Pierre Turgeon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/525-17-pierre-turgeon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/525-17-pierre-turgeon 6. Pierre Turgeon
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 during the 1992-93 season. Unfortunately, Turgeon was on teams without other pieces and he was unable to lead any team deep into the playoffs. Turgeon may not have been the most complete hockey player but anyone with over 500 career NHL goals and over 1,300 points has to be considered on the fast track for induction.
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7. Bernie Nicholls http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/532-30-bernie-nicholls http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/532-30-bernie-nicholls 7. Bernie Nicholls
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 goals in a season and one of five to have scored over 150 points in a single season. Yet even with those accomplishments, it seems that Bernie Nicholls racked up his 1,200 + career NHL points quietly. He wasn’t flashy, he wasn’t gritty and he was not the darling of any fan base or media outlet. Still, with 1,200 career points, he has earned more than a healthy look for Hall consideration.
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8. Jeremy Roenick http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/516-7-jeremy-roenick http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/516-7-jeremy-roenick 8. Jeremy Roenick
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.
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9. John LeClair http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/550-25-john-leclair http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/550-25-john-leclair 9.  John LeClair
Some have said that John LeClair got off to a slow start in the NHL. There is certainly a level of truth to that as his stint with the Habs showed his defensive skill but not any real offensive proficiency. Upon becoming a Philadelphia Flyer, LeClair really began to use his size and mobility. He was placed on a line with Eric Lindros and Michael Renberg and the line dubbed the “Legion of Doom” became a highlight reel staple with their goals and bruising nature. LeClair became the first American to net 50 goals three seasons in a row. The question for the Hall is did John LeClair’s Broad Street tenure do enough to secure a spot.
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10. Marian Hossa http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/6039-marian-hossa http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/6039-marian-hossa 10. Marian Hossa
Exceeding the 1,000 Point mark in the National Hockey League is a milestone that few can claim, but that is not necessarily an automatic induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Slovakian born forward, Marian Hossa has accomplished that and then some as he is a three time Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks. His Hall of Fame candidacy will be very interesting as while he is accumulating a solid resume, he was only a post season All Star once (Second Team in 2009, but is a five time All Star Game participant.
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11. Mike Richter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/537-20-mike-richter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/537-20-mike-richter 11. Mike Richter
During the mid 90’s, few goaltenders approached the level of success that Mike Richter did. After a few years of struggles, Richter took over the net in New York and embarked on a magical three year period. In the 1993-94 season, he posted 42 wins (and 16 more in the playoffs) and backstopped his the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in forty five years. Richter’s finest performance may have occurred two years later outside of the NHL when he stood on his head and stopped the Canadian juggernaut in leading the Americans to a World Cup of Hockey victory in 1996 where he was subsequently named the tournament MVP.
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12. Claude Provost http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/528-16-claude-provost http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/528-16-claude-provost 12. Claude Provost
Claude Provost is the answer to a few unwanted trivia questions. He currently is the man who has his name etched on the Stanley Cup Trophy the most times without being in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He also has the most All Star appearances of any non Hall of Fame Member. It could be because Claude Provost was primarily a checker (though about as good as they came) and maybe because he was on a star studded Montreal Canadians dynasty that he got forgotten by the Hall. Though he was on those amazing Habs teams, Provost was a key part of that success and earned all of his names on Lord Stanley’s Mug; all nine of them.
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13. Mike Vernon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/527-24-mike-vernon http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/527-24-mike-vernon 13.  Mike Vernon
To simply say that Mike Vernon had a long and fruitful career is an understatement. Playing twenty years of professional hockey, Mike Vernon recorded 385 career wins. The impressive feat was that Vernon was the star of two Stanley Cup champions, the latter with Detroit where he won the Conn Smythe after many thought his career was predominantly over. As successful as he was (Five All Star Appearances), Mike Vernon was not always considered in that upper echelon, and often an informal round table during his peak of Hockey pundits might come up with five other goalies they would rather have. Statistically, Vernon should be a lock but that perception that he was not among the elite may keep him out.
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14. Doug Wilson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/529-23-doug-wilson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/529-23-doug-wilson 14. Doug Wilson
As one of the top offensive defenseman of his era, Doug Wilson was a stalwart on the Chicago Black Hawks blue line for well over a decade. Wilson was capable of creating and capitalizing on many scoring chances while still being a more than capable defender. He won the Norris Trophy in 1982 and was on seven All Star squads. Wilson could not only play the game, but he had a mind for the business of it as well. He served as President of the NHLPA and long after his playing career ended he became the GM of the San Jose Sharks. He has not been inducted to the Hall yet, but his chances are still decent.
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15. Keith Tkachuk http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2205-26-keith-tkachuk http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2205-26-keith-tkachuk 15. Keith Tkachuk
In the mold of a player he grew up watching (Cam Neely), the Massachusetts born Keith Tkachuk become the American power forward of his generation.
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16. Tom Barrasso http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/524-14-tom-barrasso http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/524-14-tom-barrasso 16. Tom Barrasso
As a starting goaltender of two champion Pittsburgh Penguins clubs and as one of the greatest American goalies in history you would think that Tom Barrasso would have a decent shot for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Considering that Barrasso was far from a media darling, his chances become a little but murkier. Overshadowed by the offensive superstars (Mario Lemieux, Jaormir Jagr) on his Penguins team, Barrasso was the consistent backstopper required to propel the Pens to the Cup. Considered a true clutch goalie, Barrasso has just enough stats to be considered a Hall of Fame worthy goalie, but he may have to overcome his strained relationship with the media. At present, Tom Barrasso is one of the best eligible goalies not currently in the Hall of Fame and here is hoping that the voters concentrate on the player and not how he may have treated them.
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17. Rick Martin http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/526-20-rick-martin http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/526-20-rick-martin 17. Rick Martin
As part of Buffalo’s vaunted “French Connection” line, Rick Martin was part of the most exciting lines in hockey in the 1970’s. Martin was a lethal sniper and once he mastered his defensive skills was one of the better two way players in hockey. With two 50 goal seasons (not exactly easy in the 70’s) and as a perennial All Star, Martin should have enjoyed some success in the 80’s and have a steady decline into his 30’s the way most star players do. Sadly, a brutal injury in November of 1980 essentially put an end to his career, and he only played a handful of games after. Had Rick Martin made it through at least a few of the free wheeling 80’s, his career stats would have likely been padded sufficiently to make the Hall. Currently, he remains one of the top stars of the 70’s on the outside looking in.
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18. J.C. Tremblay http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/540-27-jc-tremblay http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/540-27-jc-tremblay 18. J.C. Tremblay
A converted winger, J.C. Tremblay made the transition to defense look easy. As a converted forward, Tremblay understood the offensive aspects of the game and was a natural playmaker from the blue line. Tremblay’s last two years with the Habs saw him reach his best points totals, but it could be argued that his best years were out of the NHL. Tremblay joined the WHA’s Quebec Nordiques and was easily among the best defenders in the league. His WHA output was good and had he chose to stay in the NHL it could be debated that he might have had a potential induction by now.
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19. Curtis Joseph http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/511-21-curtis-joseph http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/511-21-curtis-joseph 19. Curtis Joseph
If you think about statistical enigmas, Curtis Joseph would top our list.  As we have yet to rank that category, we are struggling to find the right place to rank him on the list that we actually do.
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20. Dave Taylor http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/531-27-dave-taylor http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/531-27-dave-taylor 20.  Dave Taylor
It wasn’t that Dave Taylor wasn’t supposed to make the NHL, but when you are drafted 210th overall the expectations aren’t great. Dave Taylor shattered all expectations becoming part of the legendary Los Angeles Kings Triple Crown Line with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer. Taylor was an unexpected scoring machine who eclipsed the 100 point plateau twice early in his career. Despite his offensive prowess, Taylor was a mean checker and had a strong feel for the defensive side of the game. He would use this defensive skill well late in his career which would prolong his fruitful career in Hollywood. In what is a rarity, Dave Taylor began and ended his career with one team and his number is currently retired by the Kings. It is not impossible for Dave Taylor to join his Triple Crown teammate Marcel Dionne into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
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21. Peter Bondra http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/546-38-peter-bondra http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/546-38-peter-bondra 21. Peter Bondra
Although Peter Bondra was not born in Slovakia (he moved there when he was three), he is one of the best players to ever emerge from the Eastern European nation. After four years in the Czech league, Bondra joined the Washington Capitals and after a few years emerged as their best offensive threat. The Slovakian Sniper not only possessed deadly shot accuracy, he was also blessed with amazing speed.
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22. Vincent LeCavilier http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/6049-vincent-lecavilier http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/6049-vincent-lecavilier 22. Vincent LeCavilier
Vincent Lecavalier was saddled some lofty expectations when he entered the National Hockey League and while that level of excellence may not have been met (from the view he was seen at age 19), this is still a player who had one hell of a career.
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23. Chris Osgood http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2355-chris-osgood http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2355-chris-osgood 23. Chris Osgood
A somewhat disrespected goaltender, Chris Osgood won three Stanley Cup Rings without anyone really saying that he was among the elite in his position. Granted, he played with a loaded Red Wings team, but he still backstopped the team to victory after victory.
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24. Paul Henderson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/521-15-paul-henderson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/521-15-paul-henderson 24. Paul Henderson
With 477 career NHL points (and 283 in the WHA), the professional statistics speak to a very good player but not that of the Hall of Famer. This is very much the consensus of most hockey pundits and fans alike. However, we all know of that intangible of the 1972 Canada/Soviet Union Summit Series. Coming off his most productive NHL year with 38 goals, Henderson was an afterthought selection to team Canada. Henderson responded with the best hockey of his career leading the tournament with ten points. Of course, it was that final point, a goal with thirty four seconds remaining that he will known forever for. That goal won the series and made him an icon in Canada. It is a moment that is played over and over again on Canadian television, and will be replayed for generations to come. When critics say that Paul Henderson would not be in the Hall of Fame discussion if he hadn’t scored “the goal” but what they have to remember is one thing: HE DID score that goal.
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25. Andy Moog http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/551-44-andy-moog http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/551-44-andy-moog 25.  Andy Moog
It is hard to call someone with the skill set of Andy Moog unfortunate, but he did emerge as star goaltender around for the Edmonton Oilers around the same time as Grant Fuhr. As such, Moog did not receive as much playing time in Edmonton as he would have liked and despite being a valuable component to three Stanley Cups he would seek more responsibility elsewhere. He found it in Boston, where he enjoyed the best years of his career posting personal highs. Moog was known for his outstanding reflexes and despite being very well known he was a touch underrated. Moog finished off his career with an impressive 372 career wins, and though he played with some outstanding offensive teams he certainly did his part in between the pipes to earn them.
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26. Sergei Gonchar http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2393-sergei-gonchar http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2393-sergei-gonchar 26. Sergei Gonchar
With a devastating wrist shot and smooth skating skills, Sergei Gonchar has quietly put together a very good career in professional hockey. Gonchar is a four time All Star and had eight seasons of fifty points plus which is very good for a defenseman. With over twenty campaigns in the National Hockey League, Gonchar had a great career, but without that elusive Norris Trophy, the Russian may not be considered for the Hall despite being a two time Second Team All Star. Perhaps his four All Star Appearances and international play with Russia will assist his chances.
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27. Vladimir Konstantinov http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/594-79-vladimir-konstantinov http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/594-79-vladimir-konstantinov Vladimir Konstantinov
It might seem a little laughable now, but there was a time that all Russian players were considered soft. Vladimir Konstantinov may have been part of the 1980’s Soviet Red Army team but he was a man who was seemingly bred for the NHL as he was anything but “soft”. Konstantinov had an instant impact on the pros with the Red Wings. He was literally a pest who made it exceptionally difficult for opponents to score. This was reflected by his high plus/minus tallies. Konstantinov’s last season saw him as the Norris Trophy runner up and hoist the Stanley Cup. Less than a week after that triumph, Konstantinov was in a horrible limousine accident that put him in a coma and literally put him in the fight of his life. Needless to say, Vladimir never played again, though if he had it can be argued that he might be a much stronger candidate for induction than he is now.
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28. Rick Middleton http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/533-28-rick-middleton http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/533-28-rick-middleton 28. Rick Middleton
Generally when General Managers engineer trades both hope for some sort of accurate equity in return. The New York Rangers certainly did not get that equity when they traded Rick Middleton to the Boston Bruins for Ken Hodge who was at the tail end of his career. Middleton however was just getting started. The man dubbed “Nifty” scored 898 points for his new team and proved to be the best offensive threat for the Bruins for nearly a decade.
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29. Brad Richards http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/6036-brad-richards http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/6036-brad-richards 29. Brad Richards
Just how incredible was 2004 for Brad Richards?  The product of Prince Edward Island won the Conn Smythe Award (with 7 Game Winning Goals) as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping to bring the Tampa Bay Lightning their first taste of hockey’s holy grail.  That regular season also saw Richards win the Lady Byng.  
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30. Nikolai Khabibulin http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2388-nikolai-khabibulin http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2388-nikolai-khabibulin 30. Nikolai Khabibulin
While Nikolai Khabibulin actually has a losing won/loss record in the NHL, nobody can say that he did not have a very good career in the National Hockey League.  The “Bulin Wall” may never have been considered the top goaltender in the league (or maybe even in the top three), but he was always better than most of his peers and did backstop the Lightning to a Stanley Cup, becoming the first Russian to do so. Throw in the fact that he also had an excellent performance leading the Russians to the Olympic Gold Medal; you have the makings of a fringe candidate for the Hall of Fame.
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31. Bobby Smith http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/544-32-bobby-smith http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/544-32-bobby-smith 31. Bobby Smith
In the era of star centers, it is easy to forget about Bobby Smith. As a player who once scored more points than Wayne Gretzky to win the OMJHL scoring title, Smith entered the NHL with a bang winning the Calder Trophy with the Minnesota North Stars. Smith was a quiet star in the NHL who was leadership and passing skills seemed to go unnoticed expect during playoff runs in Minnesota and Montreal. Smith finished his career with over 1,000 points but he seemed to do so without a lot of people taking notice.
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32. Gary Suter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/545-38-gary-suter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/545-38-gary-suter 32. Gary Suter
Gary Suter started off with a bang winning the Calder Trophy with the Calgary Flames. Suter continued to rack up points for the Flames and the star was able to hoist the Stanley Cup in 1989. Year after year, Gary Suter was among the league leaders in point by a defenseman. With a career garnering 844 points, he is among the elite and is in the conversation when discussing the best American born defenseman ever. Had he ever won a Norris trophy, he would have likely been seen his chances increase.
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33. Steve Larmer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/535-36-steve-larmer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/535-36-steve-larmer 33. Steve Larmer
During the 1980’s and early 90’s, Steve Larmer was a vital cog in the Chicago Black Hawks organization. He won the Calder trophy in 1983 and as a ten year member of the Black Hawks was a model of consistency and durability. While averaging a point a game, Larmer went on a streak of playing in 884 straight games and could have had a shot to break the all time record held by Doug Jarvis had a contract dispute not gotten in the way. Steve Larmer was not someone you would get an exciting sound bite on, so when he did have criticisms to say people took notice. It wasn’t often that the man known for his class to seek the spotlight but when he did it was usually due to a strong conviction on his part. He retired when he felt he could no longer be the consistent player he once was and he easily could have padded more statistics had he chose to keep playing a few more years.
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34. Ralph Backstrom http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/567-50-ralph-backstrom http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/567-50-ralph-backstrom 34. 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.
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35. Patrik Elias http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2389-patrik-elias http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2389-patrik-elias 35. Patrik Elias
A long tenured layer for the New Jersey Devils, Patrik Elias established himself as one of the top players ever to play in the Garden State. Elias would progress to a 1,025 point career and anyone who does that (especially after the dead puck era) is at least in the conversation for the Hall of Fame. Just how deep that conversation goes, is yet to be determined.
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36. Lorne Chabot http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/572-42-lorne-chabot http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/572-42-lorne-chabot 36. Lorne Chabot
Although the bulk of the early era players are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, a case could be made for the talented Lorne Chabot. The Montreal native was successful everywhere he went, posting winning records and winning two Stanley Cups. Chabot’s career saw him get 201 over eleven seasons but as he played with six different teams he got labeled a journeyman despite the successful performances he showed.
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37. Kevin Lowe http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/536-26-kevin-lowe http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/536-26-kevin-lowe 37. Kevin Lowe
Though it appears that all of the key members of the 1980’s Oilers dynasty are in the Hall, there is a very strong case that one still remains.  Kevin Lowe was a steady two way defenseman who was with the Oilers for the duration of Edmonton’s stellar run.  He was overshadowed by his offensive juggernauts, but as he watched them slowly depart Alberta, he remained steadying the blue line and becoming more important with each Cup run.  Lowe provided the same leadership (and was under similar shadows) when he was part of the Rangers Cup win in 1994.  A seven time All Star and six time Stanley Cup winner, Kevin Lowe was not just along for the ride; he helped steer the bus.  If any one left of those great Edmonton teams gets in, our bet is on Kevin Lowe.
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38. Butch Goring http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/555-43-butch-goring http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/555-43-butch-goring 38. Butch Goring
A major contributor to the Los Angeles Kings in the 70’s, Butch Goring tasted his greatest success when he was traded to the New York Islanders and became the “final piece of the puzzle”. Goring was a part of the Islander dynasty that won four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships and his performances in the first two championships were vital reasons to the Islanders success. Goring was a multi faceted hockey player (and one of the games more colorful characters to boot). Goring was labeled by some as a reckless player, which made it all the more impressive that he was able to remain largely injury free through out his career. Goring’s 888 career points were impressive, but that was only a part of what made him a special player.
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39. John Tonelli http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/552-51-john-tonelli http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/552-51-john-tonelli 39. John Tonelli
Possibly the best player of the New York Islanders dynasty not yet in the Hall of Fame, John Tonelli traveled where others feared to tread. Tonelli was a grinder and was one of the few players who were just as comfortable chasing an open puck as he was digging for it in the corner. Usually players defined by grit were not known for their scoring touch but John Tonelli was able to rack 834 NHL career points. Had he gone to the NHL right away odds are he would have hit that four digit plateau.
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40. Marc Tardif http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/561-65-marc-tardif http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/561-65-marc-tardif 40. Marc Tardif
Marc Tardif is the all time leading goal scorer in league history. Sadly, that league is the World Hockey Association. Tardif was really staring to come into his own with the Montreal Canadians and fans were staring to think they had a real emerging superstar on their hands. He joined to upstart WHA (for a very substantial pay increase) and eventually landed with the cross province Quebec Nordiques. It was there that Marc Tardif in his prime lit up the WHA tallying goals at a blistering pace. With the merger of the NHL and WHA, he found himself back in the NHL still with the Nordiques where he was still an effective contributor. One of the knocks on the Hall is its lack of recognition from the WHA. Inducting their two time MVP would silence those critics.
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41. John Vanbiesbrouck http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/553-40-john-vanbiesbrouck http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/553-40-john-vanbiesbrouck 41. John Vanbiesbrouck
John Vanbiesbrouck’s career may be best described by just “missing out”. He achieved great success as a New York Ranger was but outplayed by Mike Richter who won the starting job and “Beezer” was shipped out before he could see the Rangers win that elusive Cup. His best work was with the Florida Panthers where he gave that team “legitimacy” and actually took that team to a Stanley Cup berth where he again “missed out” on winning. John Vanbiesbrouck seemingly had many very good seasons but not exactly a great one, or a career defining moment. His total of 374 career NHL wins is impressive, but he just lacked that intangible that makes it possible for the Hall to keep him out.
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42. Kent Nilsson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/547-45-kent-nilsson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/547-45-kent-nilsson 42. Kent Nilsson
Should someone compile a list of the best all time hockey players from Sweden, Kent Nilsson often gets left out. Nilsson was a largely forgotten international star whose professional path may have made him the forgotten man. After a few years lighting up the Swedish league, Nilsson joined the WHA and the Winnipeg Jets where he was instantly among that organization’s elite. Upon the merger of the WHA and NHL, Nilsson joined the Flames where in the 1980-81 season he had a career year of 131 points. This remains the record both a Swedish born player and Calgary Flame.
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43. Randy Carlyle http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/560-62-randy-carlyle http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/560-62-randy-carlyle 43. Randy Carlyle
One of the better offensive defenseman of the 1980’s, Randy Carlyle saw his career take off when he got traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Carlyle won the coveted Norris Trophy in 1981 and was consistently among the top points performers amongst defensemen in the 80’s. Carlyle’s career pinnacle may have been as a head coach when he led the Anaheim Ducks to their first Stanley Cup in 2007. It is possible that should they combine his efforts on both sides of the bench, Carlyle could receive a solid look from the Hall.
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44. Carl Brewer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/543-32-carl-brewer http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/543-32-carl-brewer 44. Carl Brewer
If ever there was a hockey player who marched to his own tune, it would have to be Carl Brewer. A brilliant stay at home defenseman, Brewer would literally do whatever it took to stop any attacker. He was also the victim of rash decision making as his uncontrollable intensity often cost his team costly penalties. Brewer also left the game on multiple occasions (even during the peak of his career) due to off ice disagreements with other players, coaches or management. Had Brewer stayed in the NHL consistently, his hockey accomplishment would be unquestionably larger but as such he will go down in history far more for his off ice activities than on.
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45. Ron Hextall http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/541-49-ron-hextall http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/541-49-ron-hextall 45. Ron Hextall
It is funny how Ron Hextall may be known more for the one goal (though he did do it again in a playoff game) he scored as opposed to the many he prevented. Hextall was a fearless player who had no qualms leaving the net showcasing his skating acumen. In addition to being one of the game’s most mobile netminders, he was also among the most aggressive. Opposing players were wary of Hextall’s stick as he was known to slash at anyone who dared cross his path.
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46. Vincent Damphousse http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/534-31-vincent-damphousse http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/534-31-vincent-damphousse 46. Vincent Damphousse
You have to think that if you were a kid growing up in Montreal your hockey related dreams might involve winning a Stanley Cup for your beloved Habs.  If this was the case for Vincent Damphousse, than Mission Accomplished! Damphousse hoisted the Stanley Cup as a first line centre for his home town Montreal Canadians in 1986.
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47. Brian Propp http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/554-52-brian-propp http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/554-52-brian-propp 47. Brian Propp
In 1999 Master Card named the all Canadian Junior Hockey Team. This team featured current Hall of Famers, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Guy LaFleur, Denis Potvin, Bobby Orr and Bernie Parent. It also featured Saskatchewan native Brian Propp who lit up the lights for the Brandon Wheat Kings. Propp’s first NHL season saw him on a line with Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach. He held his own and for the next ten years, he was a consistent offensive threat on Broad Street.
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48. Rod Brind'Amour http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2208-39-rod-brindamour http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2208-39-rod-brindamour 48. Rod Brind'Amour
An intense workout machine whose gym work likely granted him twenty NHL seasons, Rod Brind’Amour was not just a physical anomaly, but one hell of a hockey player.
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49. Alex Kovalev http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2364-alex-kovalev http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/2364-alex-kovalev 49. Alex Kovalev
With the distinction the first ever Russian born player to be drafted in the first round by a team in the National Hockey League, Alexei Kovalev did not disappoint. Kovalev would score over 1,000 Points in the NHL and is a winner of the Stanley Cup and a Gold Medal as a member of the 1992 Unified Team. The crafty forward was a three time All Star and would earn Second Team All Star honors once in his career.
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50. Pat Verbeek http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/539-48-pat-verbeek http://www.notinhalloffame.com/hockey/539-48-pat-verbeek Pat Verbeek
Although many people have laced up the skates for the New Jersey Devils, there were many who thought that Pat Verbeek may very well be one. Verbeek was a tough player who logged over 2,500 in penalty minutes and was as pesky a player as they came. Verbeek could put the puck in the net and scored 522 goals in his career. There are a few players on this list who cracked the 1,000 point mark, but pound for pound there were few on the level of Pat Verbeek.
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