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9.  John LeClair

Some have said that John LeClair got off to a slow start in the NHL. There is certainly a level of truth to that as his stint with the Habs showed his defensive skill but not any real offensive proficiency. Upon becoming a Philadelphia Flyer, LeClair really began to use his size and mobility. He was placed on a line with Eric Lindros and Michael Renberg and the line dubbed the “Legion of Doom” became a highlight reel staple with their goals and bruising nature. LeClair became the first American to net 50 goals three seasons in a row. The question for the Hall is did John LeClair’s Broad Street tenure do enough to secure a spot.

 

Should John LeClair be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 69%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: St. Albans, Vermont, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Played For: Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team U.S.A. (World Cup of Hockey, Olympics, 1998 & 2002)
  • Major Accolades and Awards: First Team All-Star (1995 & 1998)
    Second Team All-Star (1996, 1997 & 1999)
    NHL All-Star (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000)
    Plus/Minus Award (1997 & 1999)
    Stanley Cup Ring (Montreal Canadiens),1993)
    Olympic Silver Medal (U.S.A., 2002)

Should John LeClair be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 69%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.3%

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+4 #3 Park3 2014-01-03 07:13
He has a better case than is stated here.

1) He scored two overtime goals in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals.
2) Five times he was named to the season-endin g First or Second NHL All-Star Team. I can't imagine there are many players with at least five outside of the Hall.
3) Unlike recent inductee Brendan Shanahan, LeClair actually showed up on the internationa l stage, being named to two tournament All-Star Teams ('96 World Cup and '02 Olympics). His play internationa lly should also dismiss the baseless "he rode Lindros' coat tails" argument.
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0 #2 Jon Elfmann 2013-12-30 10:04
Even though I'm a Flyers fan, "P Smith" has it right on the money.
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-1 #1 P Smith 2012-12-15 14:06
Leclair did a lot, but not enough, and not for a long enough time.
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