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by Paul on 06/28/11 at 07:10 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Howe should have been inducted long ago.
Nieuwendyk should have been inducted last year.
Gilmour, likewise, has waited for too long.
Belfour is a no-brainer, ranking third all-time in wins.
And yet for all of the goodwill this class will generate, it still boggles the mind that the 18-person committee could not find a way to enshrine one builder. They also did not elect any woman this year after the Hall opened its doors to women for the first time in 2010.
It remains a great stain on the selection process that coach Pat Burns was once again denied even though his resume—one that includes a Stanley Cup win and three Jack Adams Awards as coach of the year with three different teams—is without peer.
The fact Burns died of cancer a few months after last year’s induction ceremony was shameful enough. That he was then shunned again this year reinforces the widely held opinion, both within the committee and beyond, that the process of selecting honored members needs a complete overhaul.
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