Bob Pulford is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. If you’re a Leafs fan, like one of us, you probably never asked “why?”
Pulford led the playoffs in assists when the Leafs last one a Stanley Cup. He also led the league in Short-Handed goals three times. That’s basically his case.
Don’t believe us? Read on. Or listen to us talk about Bob Pulford’s Hall of Fame case here:
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Woody Dumart was a member of the famed Kraut Line. He won 2 Stanley Cups as a member of the Bruins.
But that’s basically it. He had one very good offensive season and the only reason he may have been inducted is he played a very long time.
Why is Woody Dumart in the Hockey Hall of Fame? We discuss here:
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There are few more controversial inductees than New York Rangers centre Edgar Laprade.
If you don’t know about the controversy, it’s because Laprade was inducted in the early 1990s, before internet hockey Hall of Fame discussion really took off.
But, make no mistake, Laprade’s case is slight. (To put it mildly.) We really don’t know why he’s in.
If you know, please comment below.
And listen to us try to figure out why Laprade is in the Hockey Hall of Fame here:
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Harry Watson won five Cups. And, uh, he was on some leader-boards when he retired in 1957. And, um, he was a pretty good scorer a couple of times.
This, it appears, was enough to get him inducted into the Hall of Fame nearly 40 years after he retired.
Listen to us discuss Harry Watson’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:
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Bobby Bauer was part of the famous Kraut Line. And he won two Stanley Cups, one Memorial Cup and one Allan Cup. (He might be the last hockey player to win all three.)
But he was never even the best player on his own team, let alone in the league. And he underperformed in the NHL playoffs.
Not only is it kind of strange that he’s in the Hall of Fame, but it’s extra strange he was inducted 40+ years after he retired and over 30 years after he died.
So why is Bobby Bauer in the Hall of Fame?
Listen as we try to find out:
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Justin Williams is Mr. Clutch, he has the best Game 7 stats in the history of the sport. He has a Conn Smythe and he as 3 Cups, which is a lot for a 21st century player.
But his regular season stats are paltry. And did he deserve that Conn Smythe?
In this episode, we discuss whether or not Justin Williams belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame:
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Butch Goring won four Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe trophy. And he’s got more awards than Clark Gillies. But he’s not in the Hall of Fame.
That could be because he probably didn’t deserve that Conn Smythe. And his regular season and playoff numbers are hardly elite.
Listen to us discuss Goring’s case here:
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Claude Provost won 9 Stanley Cups – in fact, he has the most Stanley Cups of anyone not already inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
He has better regular season numbers than at least one comparable player who has been inducted (Dick Duff), though his playoff numbers aren’t any good.
Should he be in the Hall of Fame?
Listen to us talk about his case here:
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Never a top offensive player in the league, Dick Duff was inducted into the Hall of Fame 34 years after retired.
In the latest episode of our podcast, we ask why Dick Duff was inducted at all, why he was inducted when he was, and whether or not his induction sets a dangerous precedent for the Hall of Fame.
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Why are we even writing about Matt Cullen? Obviously he doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, right?
Well, he’s 20th All Time in NHL Games Played. And he has 3 Stanley Cups at a time when that’s pretty rare.
So, the question is, are the standards so low now that he might make it in?
Listen to us talk about Matt Cullen’s (lack of a) Hall of Fame case here:
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