Does Dino Ciccarelli Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Infamously, Dino Ciccarelli was the sole NHL player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. Why was he deserving of a year to himself? What makes him so special? Or did the HOF make a mistake?

Listen to us talk about Ciccarelli’s case here:

Ciccarelli’s stats:

Career:

  • NHL: 1980-99; 19 seasons, 18 quality
  • 608G (19th All Time, 9th at his retirement), 592A for 1200P, -4 in 1232 games; 105.8 PS; 13:15 ATOI (final season only)
  • Ciccarelli is 23rd All time in GPG
  • Ciccarelli was undrafted. Among all undrafted players since expansion, Ciccarelli is
    • 3rd in Goals
    • 6th in GPG (minimum 200 goals)
    • 9th in Assists
    • 28th in APG (minimum 300 assists)
    • 5th in Points
    • 16th in PPG (minimum 500 points)
    • 17th in Plus/Minus (minimum 1000 games)
    • 4th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 11th in Point Shares
  • Era: Of the 6 players (2 D) to play in at least 1000 games between 1980 and 1999, Ciccarelli is
    • 2nd in Goals, GPG, Assists, Points, Offensive Point Shares and Point Shares
    • 3rd in APG and PPG
    • Last in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 40G, 39A for 80P, -0
  • 3-year peak (‘85-’88*): 51G, 52A for 103P, -2 [*Ciccarelli’s very best year came much earlier, in 1982 when everyone scored a ton, but the two surrounding years were significantly worse]
  • Ciccarelli retired before possession stats were calculated
  • Playoffs: 73G (13th All Time, 10th at his retirement), 45A for 118P, – 41 in 141 games played
  • Adjusted: 530G, 522A for 1052P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 35G, 35A for 70P
  • Obviously Ciccarelli is not on any adjusted per game leaderboards
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 29 at the trade deadline with Bob Rouse (34) for Mike Gartner (29) and Larry Murphy (28)
    • Traded at 32 for Kevin Miller (26)
    • Traded at 36 for a 4th round pick (Alexei Ponikarovsky – through Macoun trade)
    • Traded at nearly 38 with Jeff Norton (33) for Mark Fitzpatrick (29) and Jody Hull (28).

Accomplishments:

  • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘87)
  • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘87), Top 10 twice (‘82)
  • Top 5 in Goals twice
  • Top 5 in GPG once, Top 10 twice
  • Top 10 in Points twice
  • Top 10 in PPG twice
  • Scored 55 goals once, 50 goals twice, 40 goals seven times (1 of only 17 players ever), 35 goals eleven times (1 of only 9 players ever), 25 goals twelve times (1 of only 20 players ever at his retirement), 20 goals fourteen times (1 of only 18 players ever at his retirement)
  • Tallied 50 assists three times, 40 assists five times
  • Scored 100 points twice, 90 points three times, 80 points five times, 70 points ten times, 60 points eleven times, 50 points twelve times
  • 4 All Star Game appearances.

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘81 North Stars)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘95 Red Wings) and two Final Fours (‘84 North Stars, ‘96 Red Wings)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 9? Forward (by points) on one World Championship Bronze (‘82 Canada)

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