Does Dale Hunter Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

No, Dale Hunter does not belong in the Hall of Fame.

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So why did we talk about him? Well, he’s 2nd All Time in Penalties in Minutes, for one thing. And there was a time when that, um, meant something.

Listen to us talk about Dale Hunter:

Career:

  • 1980-99; 19 seasons, 16 quality
  • Totals:
    • 323G, 
    • 697A for 
    • 1020P, 
    • +101 in 
    • 1407 Games (12th All Time at his retirement); 
    • 68.4 PS; 
    • 9:05* ATOI (final season only)
    • 2nd All Time in Penalties in Minutes (sigh)
  • Draft: Hunter was drafted 41st overall in 1979 – in his draft year he is
    • 11th in Goals
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 6th in Points
    • 12th in Plus/Minus
    • 1st in PIM of course, 400+ ahead of second and over 1200 ahead of 3rd
    • 12th in Point Shares
    • Somehow 4th in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 13 players to play in at least 1,230 games (15 seasons) between 1980 and 1999, Hunter is
    • 9th in Goals and GPG
    • 8th in Assists and APG
    • 10th in Points and PPG
    • 9th in Plus Minus
    • 11th in Offensive Point Shares (2nd last forward)
    • 8th in Defensive Point Shares (3rd forward)
    • 11th (3rd last) in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 19G, 41A for 59P, +6
  • 3-year peak (1983-86): 80-game average of 24G,50A for 75P, +22
  • No possess stats
  • Playoffs: 42G, 76A for 118P, -22 in 186 Games (13th All Time at his retirement)
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey Reference:
      • 276G, 603A for 879P
      • 82-game average of 16G, 35A for 51P
      • Obviously not in the Top 25 of any Adjusted PG leaderboards
    • VsX:
      • Not in Top 250 in Goals so adjustment not available
      • 658A
      • 823P
      • Hunter is not in the Top 25 for any VsX PG leaderboards
  • Trades:
    • Traded just before turning 27 with Clint Malarchuk (26) for Gaetan Duchesne (25) and Alan Haworth (27)
    • Traded at the trade deadline at 38 with a 3rd round pick (nobody) for a 2nd round pick (Charlie Stephens).

Accomplishments:

  • Top 10 in PIM five times
  • VsX Adjustment:
    • Best 7: N/A
    • Best 10:
      • Goals: N/A
      • Assists: 214th
      • Points: N/A
  • 1 All Star Game appearance

Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Final Four (‘90 Capitals)
    • Top 6 Forward (by points, and led playoffs in PIM) on one Final Four (‘85 Nordiques)
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘98 Capitals) and two Final Fours (‘82 Nordiques, ‘99 Avs)

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