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.

An All Star four times over his career, Bob Nevin provided solid two way hockey in his 1,100 plus games in the NHL.  After helping the Toronto Maple Leafs win two Stanley Cups in 1961 and 1962 he was traded to the New York Rangers where he would accrue five…
Rob Ramage was the first overall draft pick in the NHL in 1979, though by that time he had already played professionally for the WHA’s Birmingham Bulls where he already established himself as offensively potent blueliner.  Ramage had a 62 Point season in his second year in Colorado though it…
Dave Kerr began his National Hockey League career with the Montreal Maroons, the New York Americans and he went back to the Maroons but was traded by the cash strapped team to the New York Rangers where he would become one of the top Goalies in the last half of…
Murray Oliver was a sweet playmaker who many regarded as the master of the “fake pass”.  Oliver was used equally on the power play and penalty kill and an above average hockey IQ.  The Centre would be named to five All Star Teams (four with Boston and one with Toronto)…
Gaye Stewart had one of the most unique first three seasons imaginable in the National Hockey League.  Listen to this start:
A Washington Capital for fifteen of his seventeen seasons in the NHL, Calle Johannson was an integral part of the Capitals making multiple playoffs.  Johannson does not often get the credit that he deserved as Washington had many defensive stars at the time (Scott Stevens, Rod Langway, Kevin Hatcher for…
Derian Hatcher was not the type of Defenseman who was going to light the lamp on a regular basis but he was the type of blueliner who was going to keep you from doing it.
A four time All-Star, Tomas Kaberle is the second all-time leading scorer among Toronto Maple Leaf Defensemen, which is no small feat considering we are talking about an Original Six Team.
While Kelly Hrudey was never an All Star, the flashy goaltender was actually better than people remember.  Hrudey was never fortunate to play for teams that stressed defensive skill and as such he was in the top five in Shots Against four times including facing the most in the 1988-89…
While the term of having a lot of heart is applied to athletes a lot, almost to the point of being a cliché, you can’t say that about Saku Koivu.
Born in Liverpool, England, Alex Smith was raised in Ottawa and would become one of the best players ever to come out of that area.  Smith was a star with the original Ottawa Senators where he helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1927.  Twice as a Senator he would…
A three-time post season NHL All Star from the 1930’s, Cecil Dillon is a forgotten star from the era.  The first ever Ohio born player in the NHL helped the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1933, and would lead he playoffs in scoring.  Dillon would also finish…
Mats Naslund was a star with the Montreal Canadiens throughout the 1980’s and while Patrick Roy received the bulk of the credit for the Has shocking Stanley Cup win in 1986, it was Naslund who was the offensive star of the team.  The Swedish star was a Second Team All…
Jimmy Thomson was the flashier of the “Gold Dust Twins” but along with his partner Gus Mortson, he provided the defensive backbone for the Toronto Maple Leafs for many years.  Like Mortson, Thomson was a very rugged player but he was a better passer then his defensive partner and he…
A very good defenseman from Slovakia, Lubomir Visnovsky has showcased offensive flash, though not many people outside of his markets appeared to be aware. Visnovsky finished 5 points shy of 500, still a good number for a defenseman but that number and only one All-Star appearance isn’t likely to get…
Garry Galley may not leap off of the page as someone who had a really good career in the NHL, but this was a player who had an even 600 Points, an excellent number for a blueliner.  Galley was a two-time All-Star who played well over 1,100 Games professionally.  The…
A three time NHL All Star and one time Canada Cup player for the United States, Reed Larson had eight seasons where he had at least 60 Points.  Larson was never an All Star though the Calder Trophy runner-up had more than an good career in the National Hockey League.…
Before he played his first game for the Montreal Canadiens, Bobby Rousseau was a member of the Canadian Team that won the Silver Medal at the 1960 Olympics.  Rousseau was one of the main stars of that team and he would parlay that success to a very good career in…
Dave Ellett averaged nearly half a point per game over his 1,129 Game NHL career, most of which was spent with the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Ellett, who was a two-time All-Star, was part of the leadership contingent for the Leafs team in the early 1990’s, which…
From the famous Boucher hockey family (two of his brothers, Frank and George are in the Hockey Hall of Fame) Billy Boucher was a very good player in his own right and was Stanley Cup Champion in 1924 with the Montreal Canadiens.  Bucher debuted in Montreal in the 1921/22 season…