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.

Should someone compile a list of the best all time hockey players from Sweden, Kent Nilsson often gets left out. Nilsson was a largely forgotten international star whose professional path may have made him the forgotten man. After a few years lighting up the Swedish league, Nilsson joined the WHA…
In 1999 Master Card named the all Canadian Junior Hockey Team. This team featured current Hall of Famers, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Guy LaFleur, Denis Potvin, Bobby Orr and Bernie Parent. It also featured Saskatchewan native Brian Propp who lit up the lights for the Brandon Wheat Kings. Propp’s first…
It is curious how a player who was often amongst the top points producers for defensemen and played for good big market teams flew under the radar, but outside of the teams he played for, most fans barely gave Sergei Zubov a second thought.
One of the slickest playmakers ever to come out of the United States, Doug Weight reached the magical 1,000 career point mark predominately with assists. Weight was a consistent offensive threat throughout his career and once reached a 100 point season with the Oilers. He achieved the ultimate in team…
Although many people have laced up the skates for the New Jersey Devils, there were many who thought that Pat Verbeek may very well be one. Verbeek was a tough player who logged over 2,500 in penalty minutes and was as pesky a player as they came. Verbeek could put…
Possibly the best player of the New York Islanders dynasty not yet in the Hall of Fame, John Tonelli traveled where others feared to tread. Tonelli was a grinder and was one of the few players who were just as comfortable chasing an open puck as he was digging for…
Marc Tardif is the all time leading goal scorer in league history. Sadly, that league is the World Hockey Association. Tardif was really staring to come into his own with the Montreal Canadians and fans were staring to think they had a real emerging superstar on their hands. He joined…
With the distinction the first ever Russian born player to be drafted in the first round by a team in the National Hockey League, Alexei Kovalev did not disappoint. Kovalev would score over 1,000 Points in the NHL and is a winner of the Stanley Cup and a Gold Medal…
An intense workout machine whose gym work likely granted him twenty NHL seasons, Rod Brind’Amour was not just a physical anomaly, but one hell of a hockey player.
As the second selection in the 1982 NHL draft, Brian Bellows struggled with the initial comparison to Wayne Gretzky. Once he shook off the yoke of living off the disappointment, Bellows settled into a solid career becoming one of the key players for the Minnesota North Stars. Bellows became the…
He may not be on this list for his career statistics, which although were good (465 career points over 17 years) to do not indicate a Hall of Famer, but Eddie Shack was one of the true characters of the game and at times the most popular. Shack could always…
Although Sandis Ozolinsh played for a plethora of NHL teams, Sandis Ozolinsh was not exactly a journeyman. The Latvian was adept at playmaking and was an excellent scoring defenseman. He finisished his career playing in European leagues and though he made seven All Star teams, there is a very good…
One of the better offensive defenseman of the 1980’s, Randy Carlyle saw his career take off when he got traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Carlyle won the coveted Norris Trophy in 1981 and was consistently among the top points performers amongst defensemen in the 80’s. Carlyle’s career pinnacle may have…
Now we have a real test of the reduced scoring totals of the new millennium as the career tallies of Markus Naslund do not approach many of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, but were among the best of his time.
One of the better two way defensemen in Hockey, Ed Jovanovski is not the player that will put up monster point totals, but he will contribute and consistently shut down attackers. He is also one of those great teammates that does all the little things well and makes your team…
Regardless of the era, scoring 50 goals in three consecutive seasons is an impressive statistic. Even though it was the wide open early 80’s that saw Rick Vaive accomplish that feat, remember he did so for a brutal Harold Ballard organization that saw the worst of the Toronto Maple Leafs.…
Arguably the best player to come out of the hockey rich state of Minnesota, Neal Broten did not just come from the Gopher State; he played virtually his entire career there. Broten played his collegiate hockey for the University of Minnesota and played the bulk of his career for the…
It is always impressive when a man plays 964 games in the National Hockey League.What made Doug Jarvis’ 964 games so special is that he played them in a row setting the “iron man” mark for consecutive games played.Jarvis didn’t just play in those games: he was a gritty defensive…
One of the few stars left yet to be enshrined from the “old time hockey era”, Larry Aurie was a master of the penalty kill and was dubbed the “The Little Rag Man” for his entertaining puck handling while shorthanded. Famed Red Wings owner James Norris, dubbed the diminutive (he…
A two time All Star with a 22 year professional career, Mathieu Schneider was one of the best American born blueliner in the game’s history.  Schneider was adept on the offensive side of the game as he scored over 700 Points and Internationally played for the U.S. on their 1996…