Brad Park was always a bridesmaid – few people have been nominated so many times for major awards and never won one. In addition, Park was in three Stanley Cup finals and never won.
So Brad Park had some bad luck. And it’s possible that he was the second best defenseman of his era – at least based on Norris trophy nominations.
So, where does Brad Park rank all time?
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Flaman was an old-school defender who rarely scored, so we can’t evaluate his career based on his numbers.
But he had a stretch of Top 5 Norris finishes, including a few Top 3 finishes, and some 2nd All Star Team appearances that suggest he was really well regarded near the end of his career.
So, does Fernie Flaman belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
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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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Is Guy Lapointe one of the greatest defencemen of all time?
He never won a Norris, but his career partially overlapped with Bobby Orr’s. And he won 6 Stanley Cups and a Canada Cup.
So where does he rank all time?
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Frederick “Bun” Cook, Bill Cook’s younger brother, does not have his brother’s stats or achievements.
But he does has some periodic individual success. And he may have had a hand in inventing both the slap-shot and the drop-pass.
So, does Bun Cook belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
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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?
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Roy Conacher scored the second most goals of his era, behind only Maurice Richard. And he also won an Art Ross.
But it took the Hall of fame decades to induct him, and he wasn’t inducted until the late 1990s.
In this episode, we discuss Roy Conacher’s case for the Hall of Fame. Listen here:
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Joe Mullen was among the first American NHL stars and the first American player to reach 500 goals. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his fist year of eligibility.
But his regular season stats aren’t actually that great and are substantially helped by the era he played in.
So, does Joe Mullen belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen here:
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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.
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Ray bourque is the career leader in goals, assists and points for a D, he has 5 Norris Trophies and he has more end-of-season All Star team appearances than anyone other than Gordie Howe.
So where does he rank all time among the greatest defencemen ever? Is he #2? Is he not even in the Top 5 as one of us used to believe?
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