Hooley Smith was one of those skaters who played multiple positions, because back then skaters did that a lot more. We think he was primarily a Centre or a RW, though he supposed to have played D at times.
Smith doesn’t have a lot of accomplishments, though he was among the best passers of his era. But he was an amateur star – winning an Allan Cup and just dominating on his way to an Olympic Gold – and won a few Cups.
He has a fairly mixed case and we’re not quite sure what to do. So listen to us talk about Hooley Smith’s Hall of Fame case here:
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Chuck Rayner was one of the better goalies of his era.
But…he wasn’t the best. And given lack of accomplishments, and the relative brevity of his career compared to some other, bigger names, as well as how high the Hall of Fame’s standards on goalies have grown stricter, it’s really hard to understand why Rayner is in the Hall of Fame when some other goalies aren’t.
Listen to us talk about Chuck Rayner’s Hall of Fame case here:
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Billy Burch won the Hart in a year when he was the 3rd best offensive player on his own team and the 6th best overall. That’s basically his only case for Hall of Fame inclusion.
But what if he did something else?
Listen to us talk about Billy Burch’s Hall of Fame case here:
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Lionel Conacher was one of the best defenders of his era.
But that’s not what impresses when you look back at his career. Rather, it’s his incredible versatility.
Listen to us talk about the greatest Canadian athlete of the first half of the 20th century 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.
Listen to us discuss Harry Watson’s Hockey Hall of Fame case here:
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Shorty Green is in the Hall of Fame for a very specific thing, for being one of the leaders of the first ever NHL players strike.
But he’s in the Hall as a player, so how does his career stack up?
In this episode we discuss his actual hockey career. (And, to be clear, we strongly believe he belongs in the Hall of Fame for what he did off the ice.)
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When Mark Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame there was some controversy: They inducted who???
But Mark Howe was one of the elite NHL defensemen of the 1980s. Before that, he was one of the best forwards in the WHA.
We talk about Mark How’s case in our latest episode. Listen here:
Mark Howe’s stats:
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Bullet Joe Simpson was considered by none other than
Newsy Lalonde as the best hockey player in the world. How good was he? How can we tell?
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According to some, Punch Broadbent was the original power forward, the first (NHL?) hockey player to combine skill and physicality in a dominant way.
If that’s true, then even without going through is stats he likely has a pretty good case for the Hockey Hall of Fame. But we’ll look at his career anyway.
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The question with Newsy isn’t whether or not he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame but rather, is Newsy Lalonde one of the Greatest of All Time?
Newsy’s dominance of the early NHL is unrivaled but where does he rank all time?
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