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.

Art Chapman is easily forgotten by many as his greatest exploits took place for the New York Americans, a team that has not existed in close to a century, however this is a two time Assists leader who in the mid 1930’s was in the upper echelon of playmaking ability. …
Jere Lehtinen was easily one of the unsung heroes of the Dallas Stars run to the Stanley Cup but considering he played all 14 of his seasons in Texas, the team clearly knew what they had.
Charlie Huddy was a member of all five Stanley Cup wins for the Edmonton Oilers and while many of those Oilers stars are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and Huddy has not been, it does not mean that his accomplishments for Edmonton should be discounted.
After the 1996 World Junior Hockey Tournament where he led Canada to their fourth straight Gold Medal, Jose Theodore, who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens would slowly work his way up the organization’s depth chart and in the 1999-2000 he would share netminding duties before becoming the main Goalie…
After playing for the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks, Bryan McCabe arrived in Toronto where his game reached a much higher level.  Already a good defenceman, McCabe took on more offensive facets to his game and he would have three seasons with the Buds where he scored…
One of the last players to be manufactured from the U.S.S.R., Vyacheslav Kozlov played for the Soviet Union as a Junior and was a two-time Silver Medalist in the World Junior Hockey Championship.  Entering the NHL two months before his 20th birthday, Kozlov would provide a solid scoring touch for…
In a 15-year NHL career Jyrki Lumme enjoyed a lot of blueline success.  Lumme, who played nine of his seasons with the Vancouver Canucks was often regarded as the team’s top defenceman and he would have four 40 Point seasons with the team.  Lumme was never an All Star, though…
Rene Robert is best known in hockey for his time with the Buffalo Sabres where he was a member of the famed “French Connection” Line with Gilbert Perreault and Rick Martin.  Robert helped Buffalo reach the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals (they would lose to Philadelphia) and that was the season…
Seeing limited action with the San Jose Sharks, Miikka Kiprusoff was traded to the Calgary Flames where he would be a sensation for the team leading the NHL in Save Percentage in Goals Against Average finishing second in the Vezina in the 2003/04.  The NHL Lockout prevented him from repeating…
Somehow, Ed Litzenberger has not been remembered for his accomplishments in hockey despite having a resume chocked full of accomplishments.  Traded from the loaded (or gifted depending on your point of view) Montreal Canadiens in his rookie season, Litzenberger would win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
Arriving to the NHL at the age of 28, Mark Streit arrived as a brilliant swing player whose offensive sensibilities from the blueline position made him a very effective two way player. Streit would really come into his own as a member of the New York Islanders and would earn…
One of the fastest players of his day, Hec Kilrea began his career with the Ottawa Senators where in the 1929/30 season he had a 58 Point season over a 44 Game campaign, which was good enough for fifth overall that year.  Kilrea won a Stanley Cup with the Senators…
Along with Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg would become one of the first European stars in the North America when the pair joined the Winnipeg Jets who were then with the World Hockey Association.  Hedberg would be named the Lou Kaplan Trophy winner as the WHA’s version of the rookie of…
Generally we think hockey fans can name every Hart Trophy winner as almost all of them have made the Hockey Hall of Fame, but we are expecting that most of you have totally forgotten about Tom Anderson.
In terms of interesting stories on this hockey list there are few that can match Wilf Cude.  The native of Wales holds the distinction of being the main Goaltender for the Philadelphia Quakers’ lone season in 1930/31 and was the “Spare” Goalie after.  That did not last long as he…
A fifteen-year veteran of the National Hockey League, Keith Primeau probably would have had a few more had it not been for post concussion syndrome.  Primeau was known to be a player who was good at almost every aspect of his game (not necessarily great, just very good) and he…
Jim Neilson spent the majority of his career with the New York Rangers where he studied under the great Doug Harvey and mentored a young Brad Park.  Part Cree, “Chief” was an underrated presence in the league but he did represent the Rangers twice in the All-Star Game and was…
One of the most physical players of his day (which says an awful lot!) Phil Russell was also a very capable playmaker.  One of the few players to play over 1,000 Games with 2,000 Penalty Minutes, Russell was a power play expert who knew how to use his strength and…
Jim Pappin would win two Stanley Cups (1964 & 1967) with the Toronto Maple Leafs and he really broke out in the 1967 playoffs where he led all skaters in Goals (7) and Points (15) and netted the winning goal in Game 6.  A trade to the Chicago Blackhawks would…
Felix Potvin is best known in hockey for his run with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he backstopped the franchise to some deep playoff runs in the early 1990’s.  Known as “The Cat”, Potvin would go to two All-Star Games (1994 & 1997), but his best year took place in…