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.

Swedish blueliner Fredrik Olausson proved to be excellent on the offence rush especially on the power play through his career.  A Winnipeg Jet for the first eight seasons of his NHL career, Olausson would reach 50 Points four times and would hit that mark much later in his career with…
A Defenceman with significant offensive skill, Dave Babych had five consecutive seasons where he accumulated 55 Points or more.  Babych was with the Winnipeg Jets for the first of those four seasons and the fifth would see him traded mid-way through to the Hartford Whalers.  That year he finished sixth…
Kenny Wharram played his entire career with the Chicago Blackhawks where he would help the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961.  Wharram would have four 65 Point seasons and two of which would see him nab a First Team All-Star nod.  His best season took place in 1963-64 where…
Ron Ellis spent his entire professional career with the Toronto Maple Leafs where as one of the teams young guns he helped the Buds win the 1967 Stanley Cup.  Prior to that, Ellis established himself as the runner-up to the Calder Trophy in the 1964-65 season and he was known…
Alex Tanguay would score 863 Pints in the National Hockey League, which is no small feat considering he played in the dead puck era. 
Considered one of the early tough guys in North American hockey, Ken Randall would lead the NHL in Penalty Minutes in the inaugural season of the National Hockey League.  Randall would play both Right Wing and Defense and he was a two time Stanley Cup Champion with Toronto (1918 &…
Petr Sykora enjoyed a very nice career in the National Hockey League where the gifted two way player where he played 1,017 Games and more importantly won two Stanley Cups.  Sykora won the first with the New Jersey Devils, the team where he had three consecutive 65 Point Seasons (1988-89…
Physical stay-at-home defenseman don’t get a lot of love outside of their home but home fans know the value they bring.  This is why there was never any issue in regards to limited offence that Terry Harper brought to the table.
Ron Greschner played 984 Games in the National Hockey League, all of which were the New York Rangers.  While the blueshirts were not always a star team when Greschner was there but the popular Ranger was more than capable of showcasing his exceptional skill against one in the league.  Greschner…
Petr Svoboda quietly carved out a long and fruitful career in the NHL where he played 1,028 Games.  Svoboda didn’t actually enter the National Hockey League in the quietest of ways, as he was a Czechoslovakian defector but it proved advantageous quickly as he was a member of the Stanley…
A lot of the success of the Buffalo Sabres can be claimed by their netminder, Don Edwards.  Edwards was twice named a Second Team All Star (1978 & 1980), the second of which was a Vezina Trophy winning campaign (along with Bob Sauve). 
A large and imposing blueliner, Jerry “King Kong” Korab was a large cog in the Buffalo Sabres Stanley Cup appearance in 1975.  Korab owned a booming shot, which helped him display solid offensive skills.  With Buffalo, Korab would score 40 or more Points five times and a row and had…
This is an interesting one for sure. During World War II, there was certainly a level towards what could be considered elite in professional hockey but in the 1943-44 season Herb Cain shocked the statisticians, as he would become an NHL league leader in Points with 82 Points.
Claude Lemieux was known for being a playoff superstar, which he was!  He is currently fourth all-time in Playoff Games and he scored 158 Points in those post-season contests.  Lemieux is one of only ten players to have captured the Stanley Cup with three different teams (Montreal, New Jersey and…
While he was in the shadow (and actually played in it) of his big brother, “The Big M” Frank Mahovolich, Pete Mahovolich was quite the player in his own right.
From Banff, Alberta, Ryan Smyth would play for his home province Edmonton Oilers for the first eleven and a half seasons of his career.  Smyth would become one of the Oilers’ top scorers where he was known for his determination and scoring ability.  Smyth would have three 30 Goal seasons…
Lorne Carr had a very good career where he averaged .74 Points per Game over a 13-year career in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Carr could best be described as an above average player but he would see his numbers increase during World War II where many of the top talent…
While Gordon “Red” Berenson would win a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1965, he really did not have much to do with that title.  Unable to find a permanent spot on their roster, he would be traded to the New York Rangers but it was when he was…
Jason Arnott played 1,244 Games with 938 Points and had over 100 Point Shares, all of which are impressive but it might make him the ultimate “compiler” as he was never considered an elite player and was an All Star only twice.  Beyond being the runner up for the Calder…
When you think of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970’s you automatically come up with the images of the bruising “Broad Street Bullies”, the pounding and bruising team that won and fought a lot.  That is all fine and good (and it was pretty good) but you still needed hockey…