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.

One of the most interesting Hall of Fame cases has to belong to that of Adam Foote, a player who was never an All Star in his professional career, and never finished higher than tenth in Norris Trophy voting.  Despite this, there is no doubt that Foote carried significant value…
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…
It might surprise you to learn that Carol Vadnais is a six time All Star.
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.
Vic Hadfield had a bit of a Jeckyll 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…
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 80’s. Dineen also had a good run with the Flyers through the following decade. He was clearly a good player who had very…
Bobby Baun reminds us a lot of Paul Henderson in that he is best known for one game.  Baun fractured his ankle early in Game 3 of the 1964 Stanley Cup Championship but returned to the ice to score the game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings and would help…
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.
Brad McCrimmon was an underappreciated Defenceman in terms of his overall performance in the NHL.  While he played for seven NHL teams, he is (or at least should be) be best known for his time in Calgary where he helped the Flames win the Stanley Cup and was the NHL…
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…