Gerry Cheevers was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame only five years after he retired. And yet he has one of the weakest resumes of any Hall of Fame goalie, and that resume is significantly weaker than some goalies who are not in the Hall of Fame.
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never an end-of-season All Star (1st or 2nd Team) in the NHL, he never won an award and he never led the NHL in any regular season statistical category. His regular achievements all happened in the WHA.
However, he went to four Stanley Cup finals and won two Cups. And while he was in the WHA, he was one of the very best goalies in the league.
So, does Gerry Cheevers belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen to us discuss his case here:
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With the exception of a strong playoff run in 1957, Leo Boivin had a decent career that sure doesn’t look like a Hall of Fame one.
He never won an individual award or the Stanley Cup and he only ever finished Top 5 in Norris voting once. (And he played most of his career during the Norris-trophy era.)
He is among the most controversial Hockey Hall of Fame inductees ever. And so in this episode we ask whether or not Leo Boivin belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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led the playoffs in Goals twice. So, as the second old timer inducted by the Veteran’s Committee, it makes some sense he was admitted to the Hall of Fame.
But did he do enough else to really belong? He was never really a regular season star.
In this episode, we discuss Herbie Lewis’ Hockey Hall of Fame case:
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Bob Pulford is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. If you’re a Leafs fan, like one of us, you probably never asked “why?”
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.
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This, it appears, was enough to get him inducted into the Hall of Fame nearly 40 years after he retired.
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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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