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Goalies And The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

From the How is This Even Possible? File:

How is it even possible just four goaltenders who played the bulk of their respective careers following the 1979-80 NHL/WHA merger have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame?

How is it even possible just Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, Grant Fuhr and Ed Belfour have been deemed worthy of hockey’s highest honor among this generation of netminders by the selection committee, which meets behind closed doors and whose process is shrouded in and clouded by secrecy?

Yes, Martin Brodeur assuredly will make it five when he becomes eligible in 2018, but why has the bar been raised so unaccountably high for goaltenders when it is set at a wholly achievable height for skaters?

By the way, 16 of the 37 enshrined goaltenders played nearly all, if not the entirety, of their careers before World War II. What is that all about?

There is no logical explanation for the continued omission of Curtis Joseph, who is fourth in NHL history with 454 victories and whose postseason reputation was forever burnished with the massive, consecutive Oilers first-round upsets he engineered in 1997 and 1998 over the Stars and Avalanche, respectively.

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

There is no logical explanation for the omission of Ozzie. 3 Cups(2 as the starter), 2 Jennings, over 400 wins.
Is currently 8th in all-time playoff wins
Is currently 4th in all-time playoff shut-outs
4th all time NHL leader in win percentage (53.9%)

And please do not try to use the lame argument of the magnificent Teams he backstopped. He was an integral part of those Teams. The puck stopped there.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 11/29/15 at 11:52 AM ET

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And please do not try to use the lame argument of the magnificent Teams he backstopped. He was an integral part of those Teams. The puck stopped there.

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/29/15 at 11:52 AM ET

That argument about the team around the goalie will hold weight when Grant Fuhr’s membership in the HHoF is revoked.

Go look at Fuhr’s statistics.  They are…. not good.  Even when you allow for the era he played in.  He played on a team full of Hall of Famers that could simply outscore the other team.  So while the Oilers sometimes scored 8, they also then often gave up 5 or 6.

Posted by Primis on 11/29/15 at 07:46 PM ET

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Posted by Primis on 11/29/15 at 07:46 PM ET

I made this very same correlation last year: if Fuhr’s in, Osgood is in.  Period.  Glad to know someone read that post and agrees.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 11/30/15 at 03:51 PM ET

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And please do not try to use the lame argument of the magnificent Teams he backstopped. He was an integral part of those Teams. The puck stopped there.

Precisely. If a player is such a key cog on a very successful team its pretty crazy to exclude him just because he played with good players.

Osgood was obviously a good goalie or he wouldn’t have been around so long. One doesn’t win Stanley Cups, have several long Stanley Cup runs and have lots of regular season success without outstanding goaltending. In the end it is the goalie who keeps the puck out of the net.

Posted by evileye on 11/30/15 at 04:37 PM ET

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