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by IwoCPO on 06/26/12 at 05:09 PM ET
And Brendan Shanahan has been unbelievably, unfathomably left out. Bure and Sundin, yes. Shanny…no. It’s so pathetic that it’s hard to even muster any anger over this one.
By my count, Shanahan has one more Cup than the other three combined? Is that right? I’ll be adding to this post but I thought you’d want something to comment on right away.
Wondering who did the shafting? You might be surprised at a few names (I’ve slimmed the list down to the people I find to be more interesting than the rest).
Hockey Hall of Fame
Pat Quinn, Co-Chair
Pat Quinn spent nine years in the NHL playing defense for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames. After retiring as a player, he served as a coach and General Manager with the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. His international coaching accomplishments include victories at the 2002 Olympics, 2004 World Cup, 2008 U18 World Junior Championship and 2009 U20 World Junior Championship.
Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 in the Builder Category, Scotty Bowman’s success over his 30-year NHL coaching career includes nine Stanley Cup victories, one more than the legendary Toe Blake. Bowman retired from coaching after leading the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2002 and currently serves as a consultant to the team.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Edina, Minnesota Brian Burke earned his law degree at the prestigious Harvard University and began serving as an NHL player agent following graduation. He has served as the NHL’s Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, the General Manager of the Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks as well as the President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After turning pro with Vancouver of the WHA in 1973-74, Colin Campbell went on to play eleven seasons of defense in the National Hockey League. Following his retirement as a player in 1985, Colin pursued a coaching career that led him back to the NHL behind the bench as head coach of the New York Rangers for four seasons. Today, Colin Campbell is the NHL’s Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, John Davidson played in over 300 regular season games from 1973 to 1983 in the National Hockey League with St Louis and the New York Rangers. He became a veteran in the media circuit as a hockey analyst including work with Hockey Night in Canada and the Hot Stove Lounge, ESPN, ABC and the MSG Network. Davidson is currently the President of Hockey Operations for the St. Louis Blues.
Duhatschek began covering the Calgary Flames in the late 1970s and currently serves as the Globe and Mail’s primary western hockey correspondent. He was presented the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for distinguished hockey journalism in 2001.
In 2001 Mike Emrick worked his 21st consecutive year as a play-by-play announcer in the NHL. In all he has 30-plus years experience behind the mike and is the long time voice of the New Jersey Devils. Emrick has received the national cable TV Ace Award for the best play-by-play, an Emmy in 1997 in the New York region for Devils telecasts, and in 2008, the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. Most recently, Emrick won the 2011 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports Personality – Play by Play.”
Following 15 years as an accomplished sports columnist for the Montreal Gazette, Micheal Farber became senior writer with Sports Illustrated in 1994 and now stands as one of the magazine’s top journalists. Farber, a New Jersey native, received the Elmer Ferguson Award for distinguished hockey writing in 2003.
In one of the most decorated careers the game of hockey has ever seen, Igor Larionov was an icon of international play before he ever joined the NHL. Twice an Olympic gold medalist and four times a World Champion, Larionov was 29 when he finally played his first National Hockey League game. He would go on to win three Stanley Cup championships with the Detroit Red Wings and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
Feel like comparing some relevant stats? James Mirtle did.
Well. I’m going to try and keep this somewhat sane. No, this isn’t an anti-Wing conspiracy. As a Wing fan I’m disgusted because Shanahan was a great Wing. An all-time Wing. He was the Wing who destroyed Patrick Roy on numerous occasions over a five-year span. And that, in itself, endeared him to us like few other players have.
As an NHL player, his omission is disgusting. He not only won 3 Cups. He was critical to each one of them. How many team successes was Pavel Bure or Mats Sundin critical to? Internationally? Sure. In the NHL? Absolutely none.
None. Shanahan has more Cup wins than Bure, Sundin and Sakic put together. He scored more goals than Sakic and won more Cups. He also beat more ass and that, apparently, is not good. He scored 200 more goals than Bure, 300 more than Oates, 100 more than Sundin.
He also suspended more people than Sakic did and he also changed the league in ways that Sakic never will, or could. Shanahan changed the game after the lockout and his style of play made him absolutely elite while he was active.
But by all means, keep him out instead of the likes of Mats Sundin. While Shanahan was the ultimate warrior who would do anything to win a Cup, Sundin refused a trade from Toronto that would have made his precious Leafs more competitive for years to come.
Bure played 700 games and he’s in. Shanny played 1500 and he’s not. Jesus.
Scotty? Igor? You got some splaining to do. We know of the friction between Bowman and Shanahan. Would he have held that kind of grudge? Really? Igor…I have no clue. Maybe he fought for Shanny in there. I don’t know.
Duhatschek, Emrick, Farber…your peers are absolutely ripping this vote. Tearing it to shreds. Will you comment? Doubtful.
Brendan Shanahan should have suspended Shea Weber and it affected our first round series. I’ll resent him for that, probably forever. It tainted my opinion. But, holy shit, I’d have voted him in so far ahead of Bure, Sundin and even Oates that it’s not even funny.
Something weird happened in that room, you guys. Brendan Shanahan’s not elected and Mats Sundin is. Happy Pat Quinn? We know you are.
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