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After Teemu Selanne, Who Else Gets In The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Teemu Selanne, the 15th highest score in league history with a batch of trophies, is considered a lock to be announced in his first year, one of four spots open in the player category, including up to two female candidates. Of 14 skaters joining the waiting list this year with a common link of  1,000 NHL regular season games, 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points, three besides Selanne have improved chances as winners of a Cup or Olympic gold medal, Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Kovalev and Ray Whitney. Among goalies, Nikolai Khabibulin comes in with 333 wins, 46 shutouts and a Cup and Olympic gold.

Beyond Selanne, there aren’t any sure-fire picks, perhaps opening a crack for a lengthy list of players that go back to the Original Six. Many arguments have been heard through the years on behalf of multi-Cup winners Claude Provost (nine), Jean-Guy Talbot (seven) and Ralph Backstrom, Larry Hillman and Kevin Lowe (six each). It follows the narrative that not just points make a player Hall-worthy.

It’s believed one of the strongest pushes behind the scenes this year was for four-time champion Butch Goring. The veteran centre of 16 seasons as the two-way demon for the Islanders dynasty, 

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FYI, the announcement comes tomorrow.

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Down River Dan's avatar

Nikolai Khabibulin comes in with 333 wins, 46 shutouts and a Cup and Olympic gold.  ohh

Gee, you know I can’t think of any other goalies deserving of HOF….........

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/25/17 at 03:00 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Just Selanne

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/25/17 at 04:08 PM ET

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Ozzy deserve it so bad but it won’t happen for a while. Shame

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/25/17 at 06:25 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Ozzy deserve it so bad but it won’t happen for a while. Shame

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/25/17 at 07:25 PM ET

Shame indeed.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 06/25/17 at 09:32 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It is astounding how HHoF voters over-rate Cups.  I have no problem with “Did he ever win a Cup or not?” being a small factor….. but guys like Kevin Lowe and Butch Goring making the Hall simply because they were on teams full of *OTHER* HHoFers and therefore won a bunch of Cups is really stupid.

Especially when there are other players already who win multiple Cups but the excuse is “But their team was so good![/i[”.

It really has less to do with accomplishments and more with whether or not the HHoF voters liked their team.

Posted by Primis on 06/26/17 at 06:27 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

It’s a bit surprising to me that Alfredsson isn’t considered near-automatic? He’s a hair shy of having been a PPG player for his career, in an era in which team defense had and has flourished. As a winger, he played the 200 foot game that is required of any player, regardless of position, to be considered a top-tier guy (outside of the ultra-rare exceptions like Ovechkin). He averaged almost 20 minutes per night AS A WINGER for his 18 season career. He was a 20 goal scorer in every season that wasn’t significantly shortened by lockouts or injuries.

Is Pavel Datsyuk an automatic HOFer? Because Alfredsson had a similar 200 foot game, from the wing, and was a more consistently productive scorer from start to finish in his career.

Kovalev is an odd case. He bounced around a lot in the second half of his career and really ran hot and cold. He had those years in Montreal where it seemed like one night he’d just decided to flip the switch and win a game on his own, especially in the playoffs where it felt like he was the only thing keeping them in any game. This might not be fair to Kovalev, I don’t know the man, but it just always seemed like he had a goal on his stick at every moment, but didn’t want to use ‘em…

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/26/17 at 08:53 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Yesterday on Twitter, at least 3 Canadian journalists were really pushing Hayley Wickenheiser for the HHOF.

Saying if she doesn’t get in, the HHOF voting is a joke, etc.

HHOF itself tweeted back, stating Wickenheiser did not officially retire until this year, meaning her eligibility will be three years after retirement.

Twitter went silent from then on on this topic.

IMO she is a HHOF lock, but the rules are the rules.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/26/17 at 08:59 AM ET

Primis's avatar

IMO she is a HHOF lock, but the rules are the rules.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/26/17 at 09:59 AM ET

That’s not really true at all.  Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, etc…. they can waive the requirement if they so arbitrarily choose.

Posted by Primis on 06/26/17 at 10:08 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Rules are meant to be broken, in some cases P.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/26/17 at 10:09 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

but guys like Kevin Lowe and Butch Goring making the Hall simply because they were on teams full of *OTHER* HHoFers and therefore won a bunch of Cups is really stupid.

I REALLY agree with this!!!

Hayley has done so much for and in Women’s hockey and I read where a Draft prospect worked with her and was very happy with the results.  HOF easily for me.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/26/17 at 11:41 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Would Wickenheiser be considered the greatest female player ever?  I genuinely don’t know enough about women’s hockey to comment.

Because to me, if the answer is yes, then I’m not sure why the Hall couldn’t make the Gretzky/Lemieux exception for her.  I guess that’s what my point is.  It comes across as sexist if she would be considered the greatest, but they refuse the exception (but allow it for Mario, who was not even the greatest player of his own generation).

Posted by Primis on 06/26/17 at 12:43 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Two names that come to mind P are Cassie Campbell and Cammie Granato, both of them are in the HHOF and no early waiver for them.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/26/17 at 12:49 PM ET

Paul's avatar

My mistake, Cassie Campbell is not in the HHOF, yet.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/26/17 at 02:01 PM ET

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