Hockey

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.

Likely because he played the bulk (and peak) of his career with the Washington Capitals, a lot of hockey fans were not watching Kevin Hatcher. The durable defenseman was able to score a lot of points and netted 34 goals in the 1992-93 campaign. On four occasions, Hatcher was able…
Evgeni Nabokov took his time to enter North America after being a late-round draft pick by the San Jose Sharks in 1994.  Six years later, the Goalie would make his debut with the San Jose and is, without doubt, the best backstop in franchise history.
It took a while before Miroslav Satan found his groove in pro hockey, but once he did he emerged as the scoring star for the Buffalo Sabres in the late ’90s. Satan was good, but leading Buffalo in scoring still did not put him among the elite in the NHL…
If you ask the fans of the Ottawa Senators, you already know the answer to this question. Alexei Yashin may have spurned the fans of Canada’s capital, but even they would agree that the Russian was a talented skill player. Now playing in Russia, Yashin had over 750 points in…
While Glenn “Chico” Resch was only part of the first New York Islanders Stanley Cup in their dynasty (albeit in a backup role to Billy Smith) his role in building up that team cannot be discounted.
Though the focus on the 1970’s Buffalo Sabres lied with the French Connection line, Danny Gare showcased a few seasons that matched what any sniper was doing at the time. Gare enjoyed a pair of 50 goal seasons and was even the co-goal scoring champion in the 1979-1980 campaign. The…
Vic Hadfield had a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde career in the National Hockey League.  In his early years, Hadfield was an enforcer who in the 1963-64 season finished first Penalties in Minutes.   While he performed that role admirably he would be placed on a line later in the…
Honestly, it is difficult to make a Hall of Fame case for Brian Rolston for the Hall of Fame, but we do tip our caps off to one of the most versatile players in hockey history. Rolston was comfortable at any forward position, and often quarterbacked the power play; a…
An excellent two way forward, Simon Gagne starred for years with the Philadelphia Flyers and was one of the “glue guys” on Canada’s International wins in the 2002 Olympics and 2004 World Cup. Gagne however has only appeared in two All-Star Games and has never been considered for a post…
Pit Martin is remembered by many for being at the wrong end of a lopsided trade that sent Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield to the Boston Bruins and created a Stanley Cup Championship team, but Martin was a very highly regarded player in his own right.  Martin would…
With over 600 NHL Points from the blueline in the NHL, James Patrick eclipsed the 50 Point mark four times.  Patrick was best known for his time with the New York Rangers where he would finish twice in the top ten in Norris Trophy voting and represented Canada in the…
A top player for the Hartford Whalers, Kevin Dineen twice scored 40 goals and was clearly one of the better players in the NHL during the late ’80s. Dineen also had a good run with the Flyers through the following decade. He was clearly a good player who had very…
A member of the famed United States “Miracle on Ice” team Mike Ramsey continued his run as a defensive anchor in an over 1,000 Game career in the National Hockey League.  Ramsey played most of his career with the Buffalo Sabres where his well above average defensive skill was complimented…
Wade Redden is best known for his long tenure with the Ottawa Senators, where he anchored their blueline expertly for years.  With excellent two-way skills. Redden would receive Norris Trophy votes six times and was also an All Star in 2002.  Much of the success of Ottawa’s excellent teams of…
John Ogrodnick was at his best when he played for the Detroit Red Wings in the first half of the 1980’s, which was where he went to five All Star Games.  Unfortunately for Ogrodnick, Detroit was not particularly good when he played there, but while he was in Motown he…
The younger brother of Hockey Hall of Famer, Tiny Thompson, Paul Thompson was a star player in his own right.  Three times Thompson would hoist the Stanley Cup and he would be named to two post season NHL All Star Teams.  Thompson’s best seasons as a player were with the…
From the Soviet Union, Vladimir Krutov was one of the superstars of the Red Army team that terrorized International Hockey throughout the 1980’s.  The Left Wing was a superstar for the Soviets as he helped his country win two Olympic Golds, a Canada Dup Gold and five World Hockey Championships. …
While Dennis Hull is thought of my some as Bobby’s brother or Brett’s uncle, we choose to remember that of a pretty good two-way hockey player who represented the Chicago Blackhawks five times in the All-Star Game.  Hull was a Second Team All-Star in 1973, a year after he represented…
Darryl Sydor was never going to be considered the top blueliner for your team but for years he was an upper echelon player for multiple National Hockey League teams.  Sydor was a two time All Star and assisted two teams (Dallas & Tampa Bay) win the Stanley Cup.  Over a…
Born in South Africa but raised in Canada, Olaf Kolzig had a pretty good career in the National Hockey League where he played all but his final season with the Washington Capitals.  “Olie the Goalie” would get into a grove in his seventh season where he finished fifth in Vezina…